Invisible injury

If a soldier’s moral conscience is damaged, the problem and the solution can both be hard to find   For almost a decade, Canadian Armed Forces reservist James (not his real name) has been haunted by memories from one of his three tours to Afghanistan—haunted by something he did not do.  An Afghan civilian...
  • Defeating “two big ills”

    April 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Wounded while fighting off an attack on his observation post, Gorden Boivin eventually beat back his physical and psychological demons Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne From darkness, there is light. Corporal Gorden Boivin knows this only too well. Boivin’s descent into darkness began...
  • Challenge accepted

    April 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Searching for mines, bombs and IEDs was Étienne Aubé’s specialty. Then a motherlode changed his life. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Sergeant Étienne Aubé had a bad feeling about the compound he was standing in near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 16, 2009, so...
  • Miracle man

    April 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    André Girard’s recovery from a battlefield head wound defies all odds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Corporal André Girard was shot in the head by a Chechen fighter in Afghanistan on Sept. 25, 2007, and he lived to tell the tale. Within the...
  • Brothers in arms, legs, body and mind

    March 30, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Blown up in Afghanistan, Andrew Knisley gained strength from two other severely injured comrades Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Andrew Knisley, a 24-year-old private in 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was eating Frosted Flakes at a forward operating base an hour’s drive east...
  • Mike Trauner and Leah Cuffe share the frustrations, pain and nightmares that linger from his wounds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was just a corridor, but it was probably the longest walk of 30-year-old Leah Cuffe’s life. Down that hospital hallway in...
  • “Life is good again”

    March 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Joe Kiraly spent many years denying he had problems, but when he started working with inspiring ill and injured men and women, everything changed. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was a routine job on a routine day aboard HMCS Calgary in the...