04 SEP 2014

Dr Dan Poulter pledges his support to Blind Veterans UK

Dr Dan Poulter MP joins forces with national military charity to help vision impaired veterans

Suffolk MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Dan Poulter has given his support to Blind Veterans UK's "No One Alone" campaign to reach out to more vision impaired veterans in the UK.

Dr Poulter, who is also MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, highlighted the importance of looking after blind and vision impaired veterans at a parliamentary reception hosted by MPs Simon Kirby, Gemma Doyle and Martin Horwood on behalf of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired veterans.

The event was aimed at highlighting the need to improve the current healthcare referral pathways to Blind Veterans UK for ex-Service men and women, once they have been certified as blind or severely vision impaired.

Dr Poulter said: "Blind Veterans UK provides vital support to our Armed Forces community, and it is absolutely right that we do all we can to look after our brave ex-service men and women.

"I am pleased to recognise the excellent work that the charity does to make sure that blind veterans are able to adjust to life with sight loss. The Government is committed to ensuring that all veterans know about, and have access to the care and support they need."

Blind Veterans UK estimates that there are over 68,000 veterans with vision impairment who are not receiving the charity's free, lifelong support to help them adjust to life with sight loss. Blind Veterans UK currently supports 95 vision impaired ex-Service men and women in Suffolk, but wants to reach out to other Suffolk veterans who could benefit for the charity's support, as the charity believes that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.

If you are, or know of, a veteran with severe vision impairment and would like more information about Blind Veterans UK's free, lifelong support visit www.noonealone.org.uk or call freephone 0800 389 7979.

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