The War Amps are mailing out their key tags to people once again this year, this time celebrating 100 years.
Starting in 1918, the War Amps were a group of first world war veterans that were wounded in battle that formed an association, and later welcomed second world war vets with similar problems.
James Jordan, Safety events coordinator for the War Amps, says it`s been a successful 100th anniversary so far.
“”It’s been quite a good year so far, we’re celebrating our 100th anniversary with the them ‘still much to do,’ and our work really encompasses a diversity of issues,” Jordan says. “From financial assistance, to artificial limbs, to providing a voice for amputee’s rights including modern day vets and children.”
The War Amps key tag service delivers lost keys to those who lose them, and has delivered over 1.5 million lost keys since the program began.
Jordan describes how the key tag service began.
“It was a great idea by the first and second world war amputee’s that started this organization 100 years ago to start the key tag service soon after the second world war,” Jordan says. “Being servicemen, they wanted to provide a service to Canadians, at the same time raise funds for their organization, financial assistance for artificial limbs and their programs for amputee’s and their resources.”
Those who have yet to receive their key tags can call the war amps or go online to order them.
The key tag service does not work outside of Canada, but it free of charge in the country with donations being encouraged.