Cure or curse?

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 Gulf War in 1990-91. But he was never the...
  • “It comes with the territory”

    February 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Critically wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, Captain Justin Brunelle has made a remarkable recovery Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Captain Justin Brunelle of Sudbury, Ont., was a forward observer calling in air and artillery strikes on enemy positions...
  • Veterans + Suicide

    January 24, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    Illustration by Robert Carter  How many veterans kill themselves?   The answer is: We don’t know. Do military suicides outnumber combat deaths? The Department of National Defence says six soldiers took their lives in Afghanistan. Veterans Affairs Canada says 53 active members took their lives...
  • Alternative medicines need more study

    January 23, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Serving military members and veterans with chronic health conditions frequently look beyond traditional medicine in their search for something—anything—to relieve symptoms that are making their lives miserable, or in bureaucratese, “affecting their quality of life.” Often they’re forking out their own money (or veterans’ advocacy...
  • Solving sleepless nights

    January 16, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Insomnia and pain are big problems for both serving military and veterans. Years of rotations, long and alert hours, frequent travel and skipping across time zones can disrupt sleep cycles, can turn the odd sleepless night to the burden of insomnia. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
  • Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?

    November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    The steady trickle of results from studies of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided much food for thought and grist for conversation this year. Tongues are wagging (if that describes online comments and blogs) about the surprising results of a study...
  • Military looks at respiratory illness

    September 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    After reports of respiratory illness following live firing training, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment discovered a less obvious danger than pistols and rifles. Their researchers measured lung function of 55 healthy soldiers, then had them fire rifles using different kinds of ammunition. Tests afterwards showed...
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