As The War Amps 2016 Key Tags are mailed to Ontario residents, 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 Dylan Hierlihy, 6, of Hamilton.
Dylan is a left leg and right foot amputee, and is also missing part of his right hand. As a “Champ,” he is eligible received financial assistance for the cost artificial limbs and devices. He also attends regional CHAMP seminars where Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.
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’s many programs. The Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.