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.
- Reflections on Veterans Day Visiting an Assisted Living Facility
by Mary Hiland on 11/10/2014
- Memorial Day and the Chance to Serve: Is the Peace Corps for You?
by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega on 5/24/2014
- On Veterans Day: Six Weeks at a Veterans Administration Blind Rehabilitation Center
by Maureen Duffy on 11/10/2013
- My Excellent Experience as a Hadley School for the Blind "Ambassador"
by Maureen Duffy on 5/21/2013
- Memorial Day 2013: British Blind Veterans Host Their American Blind Comrades in London
by Maureen Duffy on 5/19/2013