Their sacrifice knows no bounds. Neither does our support.
Blindness can cause the most terrible isolation.
As you can imagine, in this time of crisis, the isolation and loneliness felt by our blind veterans is even worse.
Over 90% of our veterans are over 70 and extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
From the start of the crisis, we’ve been on the frontline of their welfare.
We’re calling them, checking on them, lifting their spirits and giving them whatever emotional and practical help they need so that, even if they’re in isolation, they’re not alone.
We help World War II veterans like Wing Commander Jim Wright who fought so bravely and is now battling age-related macular degeneration, to our younger veterans like former Lance Corporal Craig Lundberg who sacrificed his sight in Iraq when he was just 21. He’s reminded of his sacrifice every day when he wakes up unable to see the faces of his wife and children.
Today, will you’ll fight for them throughout this crisis, just as they fought for us?
We’re supporting around 4,700 blind veterans right now and, every single day, we face an enormous task, at a time when it’s harder than ever before to raise funds.
Please could you help by making an emergency donation today?
It will enable us to serve our veterans in their time of need, just as they served us.
Wing Commander Jim Wright first volunteered for flying duties in 1941 when he was just 20. He trained as a navigator and flew in 43 daring raids.
During his fifth mission, his aircraft was caught in searchlights above Kassel in Germany and attacked by three night fighters. But Jim’s bravery never wavered.
Let’s be forever grateful because the heroic actions of Jim and the entire bomber aircrew were essential to hasten the end of World War II and gain victory.
Today, Jim battles age-related macular degeneration. At 98 years-old, Jim is one of our most vulnerable veterans
Please help to keep him safe.
We help blind veterans of all ages, and it’s also vital that we support our younger veterans during these uncertain times.
When we first met Craig he was 21 and had no idea where his life was heading. He’d just come out of Selly Oak hospital following a moment of extraordinary bravery during his second tour of Iraq.
Craig was serving as a section commander of a recce platoon and was hit by two rocket propelled grenades while searching for Iraqi insurgents.
He lost his eye, suffered severe facial injuries and his arm was almost severed, but incredibly he continued to return fire and lead his men in the fight. His injuries were so grave, army medics feared he wouldn’t survive. Craig pulled through, but was left blinded for life.
After a long hard battle, Craig is living life to the full thanks to his incredible determination and our help. Please don’t allow the outbreak of COVID-19 to set him back.
During these unprecedented times, our veterans need you more than ever.
Thank you for supporting our country’s blind veterans.