Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, held a reception in Parliament to raise awareness of the charity’s vital support and services, and to highlight its beneficiary recruitment campaign which seeks to reach more veterans who are eligible for its support.
The work of Blind Veterans UK is vital to ensuring that all vision impaired veterans are able to overcome the challenges of sight loss and I am delighted to pledge my support to Blind Veterans UK and to help ensure that veterans in Ealing, Southall will not have to battle blindness alone.
The charity’s No One Alone campaign is reaching out to the estimated 68,000 veterans with vision impairment in the UK who could be eligible for support but are not currently receiving it.
The event also saw the launch of Blind Veterans UK’s ‘Living the Pledge’ report which set out the current difficulties faced by the veterans’ community, and called on MP’s, local authorities and NHS healthcare professionals to improve referral pathways to the charity so that veterans are signposted to support as a matter of course, once they are diagnosed with severe sight loss.
If you are, or know of, a veteran with severe vision impairment and would like more information about Blind Veterans UK’s free, lifelong support visit www.noonealone.org.uk or call freephone 0800 389 7979.