Kamsack “CHAMP” reflects on The War Amps centennial year

The War Amps year-long centennial celebration is coming to a close.

The charity which began as an Association to assist war amputee veterans returning from the First World War 100 years ago, has expanded its programs over time to support all amputees, including Jesse Planedin, 23, of Kamsack, said a release.

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Jesse was born a partial left hand amputee and grew up with The War Amps Child Amputee Program (CHAMP), which provides financial assistance for artificial limbs and recreational devices. He also attended 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 a great support to my family and I since I was very young,” said Jesse. “By attending seminars, I learned how to develop a positive attitude towards my amputation. I’m proud to be part of this incredible 100-year legacy.”

“Although The War Amps has provided 100 years of innovative programs, there is still much to do to ensure amputees like Jesse have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives,” Danita Chisholm, executive director of the Program said. “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, the release said.