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What are the Veterans Affairs’ Blind Rehabilitation Services?

Today, there are approximately 157,000 veterans in the US who are legally blind. More than one million veterans have visual impairment that interferes with their daily activities.

The Blind Rehabilitation Programs associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs serve many functions to help these blinded or visually impaired veterans. The programs help active duty service members who have lost sight to regain independence and reclaim quality of life. In addition, the programs help to involve and integrate family members into the community and to assist in the individual homes to lower the burden on caregivers.

 Beginning in 2008, the VA implemented a progressive plan to expand vision and blind rehabilitation to veterans and eligible active duty Service members with visual impairments that extended from total blindness to early vision loss. The Department of Veterans Affairs ensures that blinded or visually impaired veterans receive the finest medical and rehabilitation care, as well as cutting-edge assistive technology.

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