EDMONTON, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The War Amps is pleased to be entering into a collaborative partnership
with The Department of National Defence (Canadian Forces Health
Services Group) to share knowledge and expertise that will enhance the
care of Canadian Armed Forces personnel that have suffered from
The formal announcement of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
between The War Amps and DND took place this morning in the Ballroom of
Edmonton's Westin Hotel during the 4th Annual Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
Forum. The three-day forum brings together top researchers, academics,
military personnel, veterans and family members, with focus on the
physical and mental health of Canada's veterans.
"This Memorandum formalizes the commitment of The War Amps in addressing
the needs of the Traditional veteran and Modern-Day amputee," said
Brian Forbes, Chairman of The War Amps Executive Committee.
"There is no higher obligation on Canada and the veterans' community
than the responsibility to address the needs and requirements of
seriously disabled veterans and their families. This partnership
provides a tremendous opportunity to share our knowledge and we look
forward to actively working with Canadian Forces Health Services in
attaining this objective."
He notes that The War Amps, which is marking its 95th anniversary of assisting amputee veterans this year, is uniquely
positioned to understand the challenges that Canadian Armed Forces
personnel face as they adjust to life as an amputee.
The Director of The War Amps National Amputee Centre, Karen Valley, who
took part in the announcement, agreed: "The War Amps has a wealth of
information regarding amputation, artificial limbs and related topics
which we are excited to share with the Canadian Armed Forces. Just as importantly, we can provide the
reassurance through both support and tangible examples that it is
completely possible to live a full and positive life with amputations."
"The Canadian Armed Forces and The War Amps have worked together in the
past, but this Memorandum of Understanding formalizes our mutual
commitment to share knowledge and experience in order to enhance the
quality of life of persons who have suffered amputations," said
Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, Surgeon General. "By fostering
this partnership, The War Amps of Canada and the Canadian Forces Health
Services Group will work together to help make Canada a global leader
in prosthetic development and care in the interests of our clients and
A philosophy of "amputees helping amputees" has been The War Amps
hallmark since 1918, when it was founded by amputee war veterans
returning home from the First World War. Counselling, self-help and
practical assistance - along with the desire to preserve Canada's
military heritage - are common threads that have been retained in the
modern-day organization that developed from their efforts. A nationwide
registered charitable organization, The War Amps continues to serve war
amputees and all Canadian amputees, including children.
SOURCE: War Amps
For further information:
For more information, or to interview Karen Valley, please call (613) 797-0091 (cell). You can also contact Communications at 1 877 60MEDIA or email email@example.com. Outside of office hours, please contact (613) 882-3114.