MP backs support for blind veterans

Mary Glindon MP pledges her support to Blind Veterans UK.
Mary Glindon MP pledges her support to Blind Veterans UK.
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North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has pledged to support blind veterans in the borough and further afield.

The Labour MP has vowed to help Blind Veterans UK raise awareness of its support offered to vision impaired ex-servicemen and women.

Mrs Glindon said: “No One Alone is the name of this campaign and could affect approximately 68,000 veterans with vision impairment who could be eligible for support but are not receiving it.”

The charity held a Commons reception to launch the ‘Living the Pledge’ report which set out the difficulties faced by veterans and called on MPs and NHS healthcare professionals to improve referral pathways to the charity.

Barry Porter, Blind Veterans UK’s interim chief executive, said: “It is fantastic that so many MPs and key figures have pledged their support to ensure that blind ex-service men and women can enjoy a life beyond sight loss.”

“We want every MP, health networks and local authorities in the UK to consider what can be done to improve the way veterans are referred to the charity, so that we can ensure every vision impaired veteran gets the support they need and deserve.”

For more on the campaign visit www.noonealone.org.uk