Charles and Gaétan are both war amputees. Charles lost his leg in Germany during the Second World War and Gaétan lost his leg in Afghanistan.
We continue to serve war amputees and seriously disabled veterans by acting as a navigator to help them access their benefits and services, sharing our expertise on all aspects of amputation, advocating for amputees and effecting legislative change. We also work with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence in a consultative role to ensure war amputees receive the services they need.
The War Amps proudly serves war amputees from past and more recent conflicts.
I received my funding from the Canadian Armed Forces yesterday.
“I would like to thank your team 1000 times over for handling my file in such an exceptional way. It has been a long process, but to be supported by an expert team such as yours helps greatly in having faith in the system and staying positive.Gaétan
A Vital Navigator
As veterans’ health care is provided under a combination of federal and provincial systems, accessing benefits and services can be a complex and bureaucratic process. With nearly 100 years of experience in assisting war amputees, we are well-versed in this area and can help war amputees navigate these systems.
We educate those who work with war amputees to bolster their knowledge of amputation and help them stay up-to-date on the evolving field of prosthetics, ensuring appropriate amputee care can be accessed within military services.
As a centre of excellence, we have many resources available to amputees and their families on living with amputation. Our expertise covers a range of topics, including limb care and hygiene, back pain, gait, phantom limb pain, driving and employment. Our information is gathered through participation in prosthetic trials, conferences such as the Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, international prosthetic conferences and involvement in both national and international professional associations.
Working in a consultative role, our expertise is also shared with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence to ensure war amputees receive the services and artificial limbs they need, and other support such as home/vehicle adaptations and daily living aids, now and in the future.
The War Amps advocates for individual amputees who have encountered discrimination or red tape in accessing appropriate amputee care, important financial benefits and/or legal rights.
Sharing our information, resources and long-standing knowledge of amputation with Government and policy-makers, The War Amps pursues legislative changes that better address the needs of all Canadian war amputees and their families, now and in the future.
For information on veterans issues, please visit the website of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada (NCVA), of which The War Amps is a founding member. The NCVA Newsletter provides information on current initiatives.