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What is Operation Peer Support with the Blinded Veterans Association?

Operation Peer Support is a new program of the Blinded Veterans’ Association. With this new support program, the BVA links blinded veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam with the younger, newly blinded veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the BVA, many of the newly blinded soldiers are young victims of sniper fire or explosive devices. In fact, about 13 percent of wounded evacuees from Iraq have serious eye injuries. This is the highest percentage of wounded with eye injuries for any American war.

The joint program is based on the idea that blinded veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam are among the few individuals who may understand what newly blinded service members and veterans are enduring. With this collaboration, the older blinded veterans may help the younger, wounded evacuees to confront the challenges life will throw their way.

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