Blind veterans from Merseyside raise awareness of our charity ahead of Armed Force Day event

Date
22 June 2017 09:00

This Saturday (24/06), vision-impaired ex-Service men and women will be at the Blind Veterans UK stand for the national Armed Forces Day event in Liverpool.

Bernard Meehan standing outside with guide dog
Bernard Meehan, 64-years-old, from St. Helens, is a blind Army veteran who served in the Royal Corps of Signals. Bernard, alongside other vision-impaired veterans and our community team, will come together at the Armed Forces Day national event 2017 to celebrate the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, the country. They will showcase the work we do within the community and raise awareness of the free lifelong support offered for ex-Service men and women coping with sight loss.
"This is the most important Armed Forces celebration. It brings together the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force as the family we’ve always been. Even when you leave the Armed Forces you are still part of this family. It’s like how I feel about Blind Veterans UK: being part of a big family."

Bernard lost his sight after a stroke in 2009 and for the last seven years he and his family have been supported by the charity.

Bernard said: “The national event will be a good opportunity to show the charity’s work to thousands of people and will help other vision-impaired veterans to access those great services.

“Blind Veterans UK taught me to focus on the things I can do, not on things I can’t do. But with all the equipment and the support they’ve been giving to me I can do almost everything! It brought my independence back.”

Our charity is currently supporting 172 veterans in Merseyside, but the charity estimates there could be more than 1,000 ex-Service men and women in the county who would be eligible for its free services.

For Jason Scott, Blind Veterans UK’s Member Support Worker in Liverpool, the event will be a great time to recognise the efforts of those men and women and to encourage more vision-impaired veterans to apply for free services and support.

Jason said: “It’s an opportunity to come together and celebrate Service men and women from past and present. It’s also a chance to reassure vision-impaired veterans we are here for them.”