Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss
Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman
More than 158,000 blind or visually impaired veterans now live among us, according to the Blinded Veterans Association. Each year, some 7,000 veterans become newly blind or visually impaired as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy affect their lives more profoundly. In addition, some 17 percent of the evacuated wounded service members in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a serious eye injury of one type or another.
VisionAware wishes to thank veterans and active-duty personnel for your extraordinary service to our country, and to support you in your fight to be as independent as possible after vision loss.
We have selected a few links to resources that may help you on your journey, from VisionAware, the American Foundation for the Blind, and many other sources.
- Veterans Day: A Perfect Time to Review Your Benefits for Eye Health and Rehabilitation Services
by Priscilla Rogers on 11/3/2015
- Dan Standage Helps Disabled Veterans Earn College Degrees Through Student Veterans of America
Dan Standage did not want to follow in his father's footsteps as a mechanic and so he chose the Marines. "I saw that being in the military was my way out of town and into a better life." Standage enlisted just a couple days after turning 17 on Veteran's Day.