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Local 'champ' celebrates 70 years of War Amps key tags

70 years of helping amputees and helping lost keys find their way home
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Dang shows off his waterproof swim leg, which was funded thanks to public support of the Key Tag Service. PHOTO PROVIDED



GUELPH, ONT. - Dang Delehanty, 6, of Guelph, has returned from The War Amps 2016 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Kitchener. The seminar brought together child amputees from across the province while also marking the 70th anniversary of The War Amps Key Tag Service. 

Dang was born a right leg amputee and missing part of both hands. As a “Champ,” he is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices. By attending seminars, Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.

“Dang has lots of fun meeting kids just like him at the seminars. He also looks up to the older Champs and sees that he can do anything he sets his mind to,” says mom, Claire.

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.

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.

The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.