photograph from 1919, just after World War I. Helen has the arm of a newly-blinded soldier; they are walking down a woodsy path in Baltimore, Maryland. Behind them is a stone wall and a large house with many windows, which is the Red Cross Institute for the Blind. Helen is wearing a long, dark coat and a woolen hat. The soldier is dressed in a military uniform. He has a bandage over his left eye and is using a cane to help him walk. Bringing up the rear, also on the path, are Anne, Polly, and two other men, one in a military uniform.

The American Foundation for the Blind was founded in 1921 to advocate for soldiers blinded or maimed during World War I. From our earliest days, we led the nation in demanding legislative change and inclusion for people with vision loss. AFB has served as a national clearinghouse for information about vision loss, created a forum for blindness service professionals, generated new directions for research and accessible technology, and represented the needs of people with vision loss in the creation of public policy.

Today and every day, AFB honors our military veterans for their service, and affirms our commitment to expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. Thank you to all the soldiers still protecting us, at home and abroad.

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