Dealing with hearing loss

The profession of arms is hard on hearing. The roar of engines, thunder of artillery, ear-splitting shrill of sirens, high hum of an engine room, jackhammering of weapons fire, piercing clang of metal on metal—even the joyful sound of instruments in a marching band—take a toll on the ears of members of the Canadian Armed...
  • The Wounded

    September 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Essay and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They have been the forgotten heroes of wars from time immemorial, all but invisible as they swim the seas and scale the mountains that their wounds, physical and psychological, have laid before them. It’s the war dead who...
  • Cure or curse?

    September 6, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Dave Bona woke up with the same question every morning for more than 20 years: “Is today the day I’m going to kill myself?” He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1984, served in Cyprus in 1988-89 and the First...
  • “I’m a better person now”

    August 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION André and Martin Renaud fought together, then healed together Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They’re father and son, and brothers in arms. André and Martin Renaud share a bond forged not just by birth, but as soldiers on the field...
  • Lights out

    August 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION “The person who put that bomb under our vehicle and blew it…did not defeat me,” says Simon Mailloux Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Major Simon Mailloux started officer training at Fort Saint-Jean, Que., south of Montreal one month before 9/11....
  • “Everything works half”

    July 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    “I’m trying to differentiate myself not as the injured ex-military guy,” says Christian Maranda. “I’m trying different things. It makes me feel alive.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne A bomb had just gone off near Kandahar, Afghanistan. No one was hurt, and Captain...
  • Besieged

    July 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Fred Caron’s nightmares started on his first night back in camp after the siege Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The one thing about physical wounds is you know when they happen. You know the precise moment you’ve been shot in the shoulder or...
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