The War Amps key program has paid off for Langley’s Tanner Jung.
As The War Amps 2016 Key Tags are mailed to B.C. residents this week, the service marks 70 years of returning lost keys to their owners.
Donations to the key tag service assist members of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, including 15-year-old Tanner.
Tanner is a right leg amputee and has received financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and recreational devices.
Growing up, he has also attended regional CHAMP seminars where parents and Champs learn about the latest in artificial limbs, and share and exchange advice with other amputee families.
“Thanks to CHAMP, I was provided with a wheelchair for basketball,” Tanner said. “With their help, I’m able to join any activity I want.”
The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association.
The key tag service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.
Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. Should the keys be lost, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag, or deposit them in any mailbox, and the keys will be returned to the owner by bonded courier.
“Thanks to the public’s support of the key tag service, we are able to help young amputees like Tanner live full and active lives,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP Program.
The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.