“Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper” is the autobiography of Jody Mitic, who lost the lower half of both legs to a land mine in Afghanistan in 2007. He rose to fame in Canada when he and his brother raced their way to second place on “The Amazing Race, Canada” in 2013. In June 2014, he officially retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, but like many of us, he strongly felt the desire to continue to serve his country. He ran for city councilor in Ottawa, winning the position by a wide margin in October, 2014 (Wikipedia, 2015).

In many ways, Jody is the embodiment of the modern veteran. He served his country proudly and has paid a steep price for that service, but make no mistake, Jody is no victim. He has become a leader and an inspiration for modern veterans, demonstrating that the end of their time in the service does not mean the end of service to your country or the brothers and sisters you served with.

Jody’s story isn’t one of the hero destined for greatness. He almost didn’t make it. He started out in the reserves in 1994 before making the plunge into full-time in 1997. After a direct transfer into the Regular Force (active duty), he showed up at his battalion ready—or so he thought. Dropped into First Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment (1RCR) in the middle of their training for deployment to Bosnia, he had to hit the ground sprinting. It didn’t pan out very well, and he was sent back to complete battle school for a second time.

As would be expected, this initial failure didn’t sit well with him. He had a poor attitude and made some bad decisions. One night, out of misplaced loyalty to a fellow recruit, he accompanied him as he attempted to buy cocaine. They were both detained, although Jody was quickly released without charges. It would haunt him for years as his career hung in the balance; there was a concerted effort to boot him from the forces.