Support for Blind Veterans UK

Our veterans deserve our support and admiration for their service to Britain. But those who are injured serving in the armed forces deserve particular support and recognition.

On Tuesday I joined local Morley veteran, Simon Brown in the House of Commons for a special event. Simon is an ex-Army veteran who was shot and severely injured whilst serving in Iraq in 2006 – he lost one eye. Simon has been supported by Blind Veterans UK for over six years, and has received vital rehabilitation, training, equipment and emotional support to help him overcome the challenges of sight loss.

Blind Veterans UK does is vital in supporting veterans in Morley and Outwood, and all over the UK. Nationally it is estimated that there are over 68,000 vision impaired veterans – many of those living locally here in Morley and Outwood. The charity provides free, lifelong support to veterans experiencing severe sight loss. It doesn’t matter how or when a veteran lost their sight, or when they served, Blind Veterans UK provides specialist services and support to ensure that they can rediscover a life after sight loss.

It was an honour to have the chance to raise awareness of the vital services they provide. I have also pledged my support to ensure that every veteran now experiencing severe sight loss in Morley and Outwood will not have to battle blindness alone. Any veterans who don’t feel they are getting the advice and support they need should contact my office – 0133 253 9466 /

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Posted September 3rd, 2014 by Ed