To my fellow Canadians, in particular those in Taber — a short while ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving, but so sadly I hear so little of this thankfulness. I see and hear so much negativity and even anger around us, yet we are so blessed with so much. We don’t go hungry, our moms and dads are able to look after their children, our daycares and school are running, our churches are open for worship, and our senior care is awesome.
We have our good health care system with medications and injections that eliminate many diseases. I remember as a kid, I was in isolation for several week. I had Diphtheria, I was blessed and recovered, but so many died.
Yes, new diseases showed up, but yet, we are so blessed to have resources and vaccines to deal with them. Yet we complain how our municipal, provincial, and national governments deal with all these issues. We have the freedom to elect them for a certain term — stop complaining and follow the rules. We all have the option to boot them out in the next election. We are so human-prone to complain, but please make every effort to challenge our difficulties.
As we approach Remembrance Day, I’d like to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps.
The War Amps was started by amputee veterans returning from WWI to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following WWII, sharing all that they had learned. These founding members then established the Key Tag Service, which is still going strong today, to fund the Association’s many vital programs including The War Amps Child Amputee Program.
I was born a partial left hand amputee and grew up in CHAMP which provided me with financial assistance for prosthetic devices and offered emotional support. These veterans have left a lasting impact on generations of amputees as they taught us that we should be proud of our amputation and to know that it will not stop us from achieving our goals. Everyday, but particularly on Remembrance Day, Canadian amputees like me honour these veterans who not only served their country but returned home to make life better for all amputees.
Graham Spero, Graduate member of The War Amps Child Amputee Program