Rethinking veterans this Remembrance
This November, we’re calling on the British public to rethink who they consider to be a veteran in a bid to reach the 59,000 people living with sight loss who could be eligible for our support.
Geoff was 20 when he was called up for National Service with the RAF Police. Find out how glaucoma hasn’t stopped him learning to use a computer.
Winifred joined the WAAF during the Second World War and worked as a driver. Find out how we have helped her develop a love of painting.
Aged 15, John was enlisted in military school as a bricklayer. Find out how the special headset we provided has helped him learn the saxophone.
Blind Veterans UK recently commissioned new research on public perceptions of veterans.
The study, conducted on our behalf by nfpSynergy, found that more than half (54 per cent) of the British public do not consider those who completed National Service to be veterans, and a further 57 per cent of the public do not consider those who served in the Armed Forces but who have never seen active conflict to be veterans.
The research also revealed that men were less likely than women to consider those who did National Service to be a veteran, with 61 per cent of men and 47 per cent of women saying they did not think of those who were conscripted for National Service to be veterans. This contrasts with higher levels of awareness for other types of veterans, such as those who fought in the Second World War, or in recent conflicts like the Falklands and Afghanistan.
We believe no veteran should face blindness alone, which is why we’re launching a new campaign this Remembrance to reach out to veterans who could be receiving our free services and help. It is being backed by TV presenter and Royal Air Force (RAF) veteran Johnny Ball. To find out more, listen to our advert voiced by Johnny Ball and to National Service veteran Ken talking about why he is supporting the campaign.
If anyone you know served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and are now battling severe sight loss, you can refer them to our free support and services by calling 0800 389 7979 or downloading an application form today.