Veterans Administration supports sight-impaired soldiers

In an attempt to pay tribute to the sight-impaired soldiers, the Veterans Administration has decided to integrate them back into daily living.

Before the current conflict, a veteran had to be considered legally blind to receive care, but now the VA has expanded the population to include those with 20/70 vision. In doing so, they’ve also created 55 new low-vision clinics across the nation. Vets will receive preventative-type care at these locations, and if major needs are identified, the vets will be referred to a blind center like the one in Augusta.Though most of the veterans coming into the program are retirement age, a growing number of young vets are coming in, too, along with a population not normally part of the VA’s jurisdiction — active-duty soldiers.

The original goal of these blind centers was to provide returning soldiers assistance with the activities of daily living and help their reintegration into the community. Because so many of the vets were young, much of the care focused on vocational training, something the VA eventually moved away from as the veteran population aged.

The original goal of these blind centers was to provide returning soldiers assistance with the activities of daily living and help their reintegration into the community. Because so many of the vets were young, much of the care focused on vocational training, something the VA eventually moved away from as the veteran population aged.The VA’s involvement with visual impairment goes back to World War I, when the VA experienced a significant number of visually impaired soldiers returning from the trenches of Europe. By the end of World War II, the VA decided to start building Blind Centers, of which there are now 10: five 30-bed centers and five 15-bed centers.

Source: Metro Spirit

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One Response to “Veterans Administration supports sight-impaired soldiers”

  1. Janet Bernhardt, CLVT Says:

    I’m looking for a list of all the VA low vision clinics in the U.S. I appreciate any helpful information
    Janet Bernhardt, CLVT

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