What began as an association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War has expanded its programs over the years to support all amputees, including Jack Kearney, 12, of Delta.
A right foot amputee, Jack is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, so he’s eligible forfinancial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices.
He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where “Champs” and their parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying, and parenting an amputee child.
“The War Amps has been there for Jack and our family from the start. With their support, Jack has been fitted with artificial limbs so that he can be independent and take part in activities like swimming,” says mom Lara. “It’s incredible that an organization that started a century ago continues to make a difference in the lives of amputees.”
Executive director of the CHAMP Program, Danita Chisholm, says, “Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Jack have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s support of the key tag and address label service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.”
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the key tag and address label service.