When he left the military in 2016, Master Cpl. Joseph Allina became Joe Allina, Canadian citizen.
In his heart and his mind, family say, he remained a soldier. After all, the military was where Allina had basically grown up.
During the previous 15 years, both at home and abroad, it was where he suffered the physical and psychological wounds which ultimately led to his retirement: injuries from a rollover while sandbagging the Assiniboine River; tinnitus from the guns of the infantry; post-traumatic stress disorder from one tour in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan.