Blind Veterans UK urges museums to push cause

blind veterans UKBlind Veterans UK, the national charity supporting ex-service men and women living with severe sight loss, is using Remembrance week to kick off a new long-term awareness campaign which asks military museums to signpost veterans to the charity.
The campaign promotes what the charity can offer to vision impaired veterans and their families and encourages those who may be eligible for support to get in contact.
Blind Veterans UK provides blind and vision impaired ex-service men and women with free and lifelong support. The charity’s practical support helps Armed Forces and National Service veterans overcome the challenges that come with severe sight loss, enabling them to live full, independent lives.
It does not matter how a veteran lost their sight, or when they served, if they are now battling severe sight loss, Blind Veterans UK will help. It could be that they left service many years ago, but lost their sight later in life through accident, illness or old age.
Lara King, group manager of the No One Alone campaign at Blind Veterans UK, said: “At this time of year the service and sacrifice made by our Armed Forces is remembered by all. Blind Veterans UK currently supports over 4,100 vision impaired veterans but we know there are tens of thousands more out there who could be eligible for our free, lifelong support but who may not be aware of it.
“We are now calling on military museums to play their part helping us to reach out to all blind veterans and their families so that we can help them discover a life beyond sight loss.”
The charity will be contacting around 150 military museums through direct mail, offering free leaflets and information packs, and asking for their help to raise awareness of the charity by displaying publicity materials in public areas.
Museums can also find out more online by visiting the campaign website or following the charity on its social media sites. The Facebook page can be found at Blind Veterans UK and the charity’s Twitter handle is @BlindVeterans

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