MP Ed Balls has pledged his support to a national military charity campaign after meeting Morley resident Simon Brown during a veterans’ charity reception.
Simon, a veteran living with severe sight loss, was at the reception hosted by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired veterans.
The event was part of the charity’s No One Alone campaign which is seeking to highlight the need to reach more veterans with sight loss who could be benefiting from its free services and support.
It is currently estimated that there are more than 68,000 vision impaired veterans in the UK who could be eligible for support, but who are not currently receiving it.
The charity’s campaign is not only reaching out to these people but also asking MPs, NHS staff and councils to help.
Mr Balls said: “The work Blind Veterans UK does is vital in supporting veterans in my constituency and right across the UK. No veteran experiencing severe sight loss should have to battle blindness alone.
“The Charity provides some really vital services and I am delighted to pledge my support.”
Army veteran Simon, 35, was shot and severely injured serving in Iraq in 2006, causing him to lose an eye.
He has since received rehabilitation, training, equipment and emotional support to help him overcome the challenges of sight loss.