OTTAWA, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, applauded The War
Amps of Canada for its legacy of support for Canada's Veterans. The War
Amps recently achieved two significant milestones—its 95th anniversary and 1.5 million sets of keys returned to Canadians.
"The War Amps has earned a special place in the hearts of Canadians,"
said Minister Blaney. "You are recognized across our great country as a
model for grassroots organizations, and you have distinguished
yourselves as a true friend to Canada's Veterans and other amputees,
especially our children."
The War Amps of Canada was founded in 1918 by amputee war Veterans
returning home from the First World War. With a philosophy of "amputees
helping amputees" the organization offers counselling, self-help and
practical assistance to amputees. It also promotes Canada's military
heritage and pays tribute to the sacrifices and achievements of
Veterans and men and women in uniform.
"We are very proud to continue to pass on the 95-year legacy of
expertise and experience we have gained in the amputee Veterans' field
to child amputees and the overall amputee community in Canada," said
Brian N. Forbes, Chairman of The War Amps Executive Committee. "As
part of our mandate, we look forward to ongoing collaboration with the
Minister and Veterans Affairs to make certain that seriously disabled
Veterans and their dependants receive appropriate pension compensation
and health care benefits."
"Our Government values the strength and voice of Veterans' groups such
as The War Amps of Canada," stated Minister Blaney. "Veterans and
stakeholders provide an important voice on the issues that are
essential to them and their families. By engaging severely injured
Veterans at all levels of discussion, we will continue to make progress
in improving our services and programs to all Veterans."
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Executive Director of Communications
The War Amps of Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs