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When D-Day veteran Eddie lost his sight, he struggled with day-to-day life.

From reading his post to building his beloved models, simple things that he once took for granted were no longer possible. 

Eddie, who was in the Royal Navy and fought on Omaha Beach during the Second World War, lost his vision due to age-related illness. 

He discovered Blind Veterans UK, and we gave him the rehabilitation, training and equipment he needed to carry out daily tasks and get back to his favourite hobbies. 

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

"I was off Omaha Beach on D-Day and 3,000 men died there before noon alone."
A photo of Eddie a blind veteran
Eddie
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." 

Photo of blind veteran Eddie flying his Blind Veterans flag in his garden for VE Day
Eddie flying his Blind Veterans flag in his garden on VE Day
A photo of blind veteran Eddie, left, sharing a laugh with his Blind Veterans UK Community Support Worker, Lorraine
Eddie, left, sharing a laugh with his Blind Veterans UK Community Support Worker, Lorraine
A photo of Eddie, right, chatting to Blind Veterans UK CEO Nick Caplin
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 photo of Eddie a blind veteran
Eddie
Blind veteran

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