Preventing broken bones

The Canadian Armed Forces takes broken bones very seriously indeed. Personnel suffered more than 4,200 fractures in 2014-16, an examination of military and civilian medical records revealed. Annually over the period, fractures resulted in 34,000 to 81,000 workdays lost, $12.5 million to $30 million in wages lost, and an average cost of $5.6 million...
  • What’s a life worth?

    March 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Nic Meunier keeps asking himself that: If you take one, how many must you save to make up for it? Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne “If you take one life and save one life, it’s not the same,” says Nic Meunier, who reached...
  • Rediscovering his old self

    February 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Corporal Joel Guindon found out the hard way that psychological suffering cannot be overcome in the same way as physical pain Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne For Corporal Joel Guindon, it wasn’t Afghanistan itself that posed his greatest challenge, it...
  • Reclaiming his life

    February 17, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Canadian ex-paratrooper Dan Matthews still struggles with deep psychological scars Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Sergeant Dan Matthews was the only one of six paratroopers to escape without a scrape from an Oct. 2, 2003, mine blast in Afghanistan. Now,...
  • Regaining control

    February 10, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Natacha Dupuis, co-captain of Canada’s 2017 Invictus Games team, was inspired by other injured soldiers Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Master Corporal Natacha Dupuis was on a routine clearing operation in Afghanistan’s Shah Wali Kot district when a roadside bomb...
  • “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...
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