Apply for free support

We are here to help anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.

If this sounds like you, or someone you care for, applying for our free support is easy.

Blind veteran Cedric Hollands holding a younger portrait of himself

We want to make applying for support either for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, as simple as possible. Just follow these few steps and you’ll be well on your way to joining our other 4,000 veteran beneficiaries.

How to apply:

  1. Call us free on 0800 389 7979, complete our application form request or download our application form
  2. Send us the completed application form
  3. Once we have the form, we will contact the service records office and your eye specialist
  4. We may ask the applicant to visit our ophthalmic clinic in London. If travelling is difficult, we can make alternative arrangements

Once you have become a beneficiary, one of our regional welfare officers will visit you at home. They will discuss your needs, give you advice and may suggest a visit to one of our centres in Brighton, Llandudno or Sheffield.

They may also recommend training in mobility, independent living skills, using low vision equipment and IT, either at one of our centres or in your home.

To qualify for support from Blind Veterans UK, people need to meet two criteria:

1) Military service

They need to have served in either:

  • The UK regular Armed Forces, including the UK reserve Armed Forces or National Service.
  • As a reservist, they need to have either:
  • completed at least one year's satisfactory service after training (qualified for bounty) or less time if blinded on duty
  • served during WW2 in the Merchant Navy, or in Polish/Indian forces under British command.

2) Sight loss criteria

To meet our ophthalmic criteria an applicant needs to present with visual acuities in both eyes which are equal to (or worse than) 6/60 or counting fingers.

With certain ophthalmic conditions where field loss is a factor we request field test results and take these into consideration when determining whether or not an applicant meets our ophthalmic criteria.

Regrettably, we do not currently have the services in place to support new veterans with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.  This policy is currently under review so you are welcome to check back in the future. If a veteran develops dementia while already receiving our support, we will continue to offer services as needed. 

"The support from Blind Veterans UK has been truly amazing – it honestly saved my life and I’m a different person now."
Mark Pile

Mark Pile
Blind veteran Mark Pile

 

 If you are a vision-impaired ex-Service man or woman, or care for someone who is, you can find out more by phoning 0800 389 7979 or emailing information@blindveterans.org.uk

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