Music soothes the injured brain

In treating Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War with psychological wounds, British musician Margaret Anderton discovered music does indeed have “charms to soothe the savage breast.” “Wood instruments,” she observed, “are particularly potent for a certain kind of war-neurosis because of their penetrating, sustained tone.” Anderton went on to teach the first...
  • 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...
  • Last in the order of march

    July 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jody Mitic’s mother is in awe at the directions his life has taken since he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne On Jan. 11, 2007, Joanne Fisher-Mitic got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son Jody,...
  • More study needed on medical marijuana

    July 11, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    More and more veterans with PTSD are seeking relief through medical marijuana. Veterans report it reduces sleeplessness, alleviates pain, diminishes intrusive memories and flashbacks, curtails anxiety and improves sex drive and appetite. Because it was illegal for so long, medical marijuana research is relatively sparse,...
  • The jump that changed everything

    July 7, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Paratrooper Steve Daniel’s hard-landing injury triggered a sequence that transformed him into a Paralympian and medical doctor Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Once he joined the infantry, all Steve Daniel wanted was to be a paratrooper, and he became a good one. Daniel...
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