November 11 is Veterans Day

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Veteran Saluting

November 11 is Veterans Day, and VisionAware is honoring the veterans who have served us throughout the years, as well as highlighting the services that are available for veterans with vision loss.

Services for Veterans with Vision Loss

These services are housed in Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Through the BRS, you can find out about their Continuum of Care.  According to their site, “VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits. This ensures that patients receive the finest medical and rehabilitative care, as well as cutting-edge assistive technology.” Further, “BRS serves Veterans and active duty Service members with vision loss that cannot be corrected with regular eyeglasses and who are having difficulty with one or more tasks.” Their factsheet outlines the types of services they provide and the eligibility criteria.

Personal Stories about Veterans

Over the years, VisionAware has published stories about veterans who have lost their vision, and achieved success in their chosen work. We invite you to read some of these stories, such as that of Paul Mimms, who found out about vision rehabilitation services through the VA later in life.

VisionAware wants to take this opportunity to thank Veterans for their service.

Additional Information

Deanna Noriega’s tribute to Veterans

Veterans, Brain Injury, and Vision – VisionAware

Innovative VA Program Improves Visual Functioning for Patients with Hemianopsia – VisionAware