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Veterans' stories

We've helped thousands of blind veterans to rebuild their lives. And every one of them has a story to tell. 

Some of our veterans are young men and women, struggling to find a new purpose in life after their military career came to an abrupt end. Others are older, trying to navigate the isolation of sight loss as partners pass away and children leave home. Some of our beneficiaries were blinded in conflict, while others lost their vision in later life through age-related illnesses. There are as many different stories as there are blind veterans. 

On this page, you'll find stories that can be shocking, tragic and heartbreaking. But they're also moving, inspirational and important to hear.

Meet our veterans

A photo of Simon, a blind veteran, smiling in uniform


Simon was a young man in the prime of his service career when he was hit by a sniper's bullet in Iraq in 2006. 

He lost his left eye and was left with only 20 per cent vision in his right. Struggling to rebuild his life and adjust to his sight loss, Simon turned to Blind Veterans UK. 


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