Learning to live with sight loss can be extremely difficult, making the support available from organisations such as Blind Veterans UK absolutely vital.
Blind Veterans UK, the national organisation for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, believes that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone and offers free, lifelong services and support to help veterans discover a life after sight loss.
It doesn’t matter how long ago they served, or even how a veteran lost their sight – it could be due to old age, illness or an incident whilst in Service – if they are now battling severe sight loss, Blind Veterans UK can help.
Blind Veterans UK provides whatever someone needs to help them live independently with vision impairment. This could be anything from specialist equipment to help around the home, to training and rehabilitation at the charity’s service centres in Brighton, Sheffield and Llandudno, North Wales. Many find that Blind Veterans UK is like a second family, as veterans are able to make new friends with others in a similar situation to themselves.
It is estimated that there are over 68,000 vision impaired veterans in the UK who could be eligible for Blind Veterans UK’s free, lifelong support, but don’t currently realise it. If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces or did National Service, and is now experiencing severe sight loss, call freephone 0800 389 7979 or visit www.noonealone.org.uk.