This Mother’s Day Morley hero and war veteran Simon Brown has paid tribute to his mother.
The soldier was shot in the face while saving the lives of six comrades during an Iraq tour.
Throughout many pioneering operations and during his recovery his mother was by his side ready to help him through the difficult journey.
Simon, 35 from Morley, said: “When I was injured, my mother was able to stay strong for me and the rest of the family, because of her forces background, to enable us to carry on with day to day living, whilst dealing with a life changing injury that have affected us all. And I will always be grateful for that”.
Former Corporal Simon Brown, was serving in Iraq in 2006 at the time of the accident now he has just 20% vision in his right eye and none in his left.
Both mother and son also commended charity Blind Veterans UK who gave him training and practical support, including a rehabilitation programme to help him adjust to sight loss and go on to live independently.
Simon’s mother, Wendy Brown, said: “When Simon first had the accident it was a trauma for the family. We didn’t know if we were coming, or going or had been.
“The thing is, the accident was actually the making of Si. He turned himself around and is now a much better person than he had been before. The changes in him have been amazing to watch and I am very proud of him.”
Seven years on, Simon lives independently and works as a Communications and Engagement Officer for Blind Veterans UK trying to raise awareness about the charity’s work.
Simon was voted one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2011 for his courage, was an Olympic Torch Bearer and has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Volunteering in recognition of his work for disabled veterans.
Wendy says: “The charity supported Simon wholeheartedly and always encouraged him to do new things, we support him all the way. And Simon supports us too; he has always been there for us when we needed him”.
Blind Veterans UK has recently launched its No One Alone campaign to reach out to more people like Simon.
To find out more about Blind Veterans UK’s No One Alone campaign at www.noonealone.org.uk or 0800 389 7979.