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.
Resources for Veterans from the American Foundation for the Blind
- Since 1926, AFB has maintained a comprehensive Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada, now available for free, online—Find Help Near You for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired—and as an accessible app
- Helen Keller and the American Foundation for the Blind's Commitment to Veterans Who Have Lost Their Sight
- From the Helen Keller Archives: "An incalculable debt we owe you": Helen Keller on Veterans Day
- From VisionAware: Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss, including an overview of blind rehabilitation services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- From the CareerConnect Blog: To Our Veterans Who Are Recently Coping with Vision Loss
- VisionAware Profiles of Veterans and Those Who Serve Them, including Lights Out: Veteran, Joe Hobson, Offers His Account of Suddenly Losing His Vision
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