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British and American blind veterans unite and compete in Brighton

Date
21 May 2013 12:45

A group of American blind veterans pitched against a team of Blind Veterans UK members in an archery competition to see who can shoot 75 balloons the fastest!

A group of American blind veterans pitched against a team of Blind Veterans UK members in an archery competition to see who can shoot 75 balloons the fastest! The competition has been organised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Blind Veterans UK rehabilitation, training and care centre in Brighton.
Among the American blind veterans will be Captain Ivan Castro, the only serving blind soldier in Special Forces. Captain Castro will be attending the Wounded Warrior games over in Colorado with Michelle Obama and Prince Harry the week before. And among the British ex-servicemen will be young blind Afghanistan and Iraq veterans.

The Archery competition is part of a week-long trip to England for members of the US organisation Blinded Veterans Association, as part of an exchange programme between the Association and Blind Veterans UK called Project Gemini. The project enables the two organisations to share experiences and knowledge about matters such as blind rehabilitation and readjustment training, vision research, and adaptive technology for the blind.
This follows a trip to the states by the British veterans last year.

British blind veteran, Simon Brown, who became a member of Blind Veterans UK after he was blinded whilst serving in Iraq with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, said: "There is a very strong and special relationship between the British Armed Forces and the American Armed Forces. We serve, fight and suffer together so it makes sense to recover together."

Despite it being a close competition, the overall winners were Blind Veterans UK! Well done all!