Garrett Warkentin at a War Amps CHAMP Seminar in 2010 (left) and today using his guitar device (right).

Campbell River family reflects on War Amps 100th anniversary

The War Amps’ 100th anniversary year-long celebration is coming to a close.

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 Garrett Warkentin, 10, of Campbell River.

Garrett was born a left arm amputee, and as a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, is eligible for financial 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.

“Thanks to The War Amps, Garrett has been fitted with artificial limbs and devices that allow him to take part in activities he enjoys such as playing the guitar and riding his bike,” says mom, Julia. “We are proud to be part of the Association’s 100-year legacy.”

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 Garrett 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.