Quadruple amputee inspired others

In August, eight years after United States Marine Sergeant John Peck lost his arms and legs in an encounter with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he threw out the first pitch at a baseball game—a feat made possible by a double arm transplant in 2016. This would have been in the realm of...
  • Masters of their fate

    June 23, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Team Canada’s training camp in Kingston, Ont., set the roster for the Invictus Games in Toronto this September Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Canada announced its Invictus Games team on June 15, while its second week-long training camp wrapped up in Kingston, Ont....
  • Running into danger

    June 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Tough love and quadriplegic rugby helped Chis Klodt find his independence Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne In his 19-year-old mind, an athletic Chris Klodt acknowledged that premature death was a distinct possibility when he joined the army in 2001. He never considered that...
  • His share of the action

    June 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Graham Verrier was used to firefights. He served in Bosnia and Kosovo and four times in Afghanistan. Eventually, the biggest fight would be when he got home. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne First in, last out. It defines army reconnaissance. So it’s more...
  • “I was not the most popular person”

    June 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jim MacEacheran led the team investigating battlefield fatalities in Afghanistan. They often had to reassemble the remains of individuals blown apart. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Jim MacEacheran got a cool reception when he arrived in Afghanistan in 2002. It was not necessarily...
  • “You can’t regret life”

    May 26, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Paul Franklin wasn’t going to let the loss of his legs change him Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne For two years, Master Corporal Paul Franklin kept pictures on the wall of his cubicle in Land Force Western Area Headquarters at CFB Edmonton—they were...
  • “It crushed me”

    May 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Nine years ago, Mark Campbell was the high-value target of a Taliban remotely detonated bomb. Today, he says, “I lost my legs for all the right reasons.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The toughest part of Mark Campbell’s nine-year ordeal was being separated—not...
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