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Our tribute to much-loved D-Day veteran Eddie, who sadly passed away in April 2023. 

Everything changed for D-Day veteran, Eddie, when he lost his sight.

Simple pleasures, such as reading the paper and building his beloved models, were no longer possible and life became a total struggle.

Eddie wasn't one to give up easily - he'd fought on Omaha Beach during the Second World War. But losing his vision in later life stripped him of his confidence and made him feel isolated and alone.

Fortunately, Eddie was put in contact with us and we were able to provide him with all the rehabilitation and training he needed, and the sight loss equipment to help him enjoy life again. 

Watch the video below to hear Eddie's moving story in his own words.

"I was off Omaha Beach on D-Day and 3,000 men died there before noon alone."
A close up of blind veteran Eddie smiling, wearing a shirt and Blind Veterans UK tie
Blind veteran

Life-changing equipment

We gave Eddie a range of specialist equipment that allowed him to regain his independence. Being able to read again using a magnifying screen was a major moment for him. 

He says: “They have given me a special reader that magnifies documents to a huge size. It has allowed me to still look after my own correspondence and even get back into building models.

"I’ve also recently started learning how to use a tablet computer. I get quite emotional remembering the moment when I was being shown all this marvellous equipment and then being told that I was taking it home with me." 

Blind veteran Eddie standing between two flag poles in his garden, displaying a Blind Veterans UK, Union Jack and Lest We Forget flag
Eddie flying his Blind Veterans UK flag in his garden on VE Day
Blind veteran Eddie sitting at a table with Lorraine, looking at each other as they both smile
Eddie, left, and his Blind Veterans UK Community Support Worker, Lorraine
Blind veteran Eddie smiling as he listen to Nick Caplin speak
Blind veteran Eddie, right, chatting to Blind Veterans UK CEO Nick Caplin
"I've had help in every way, which is almost unbelievable. It's completely changed my life. I'm not really a religious man, but I thank the Lord for Blind Veterans UK."
A close up of blind veteran Eddie smiling, wearing a shirt and Blind Veterans UK tie
Blind veteran

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