November 11 is Veterans Day, and APH VisionAware is honoring the veterans who have served us throughout the years and highlighting the services available for veterans who are blind or low vision.
Services for Veterans with Vision Loss
These services are housed in Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Through the BRS, you can find out about their Continuum of Care. According to their site, “VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits. This ensures that patients receive the finest medical and rehabilitative care and cutting-edge assistive technology.” Further, “BRS serves Veterans and active duty Service members with vision loss that cannot be corrected with regular eyeglasses and who are having difficulty with one or more tasks.” Their factsheet outlines the types of services they provide and the eligibility criteria.
Personal Stories about Veterans
Over the years, VisionAware has published stories about veterans who have lost their vision and achieved success in their chosen work. We invite you to read some of these stories, such as that of Paul Mimms, who learned about vision rehabilitation services through the VA later in life.
VisionAware wants to take this opportunity to thank Veterans for their service.