Low Vision – Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Veterans

November 10th, 2015

Reading braille in a book.

Severely disabled blind Veterans may be eligible for case management services at a VA medical center and for admission to an inpatient or outpatient VA blind or vision rehabilitation program. In addition, blind Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system may receive:

  1. A total health and benefits review as well as counseling on obtaining benefits that may be due to the Veteran but have not been received.
  2. Adjustment to blindness training and counseling.
  3. Home improvements and structural alterations.
  4. Specially adapted housing and adaptations.
  5. Automobile grant.
  6. Rehabilitation assessment and training to improve independence and quality of life.
  7. Low-vision devices and training in their use.
  8. Electronic and mechanical aids for the blind, including adaptive computers and computer-assisted devices such as reading machines and electronic travel aids.
  9. Facilitation and recommendation for guide dogs and support in the use of guide dogs.
  10. Costs for veterinary care and equipment for guide dogs.
  11. Talking books, tapes and Braille literature.
  12. Family education and support.

Eligible visually impaired Veterans (who are not severely visually disabled) enrolled in the VA health care system may be eligible for services at a VA medical center or for admission to an outpatient VA blind rehabilitation program and may also receive:

  1. A total health and benefits review.
  2. Adjustment to vision loss counseling.
  3. Rehabilitation assessment and training to improve independence and quality of life.
  4. Low-vision devices and training in their use.
  5. Electronic and mechanical aids for the visually impaired, including adaptive computers and computer-assisted devices, such as reading machines and electronic travel aids, and training in their use.
  6. Family education and support.

To read more about Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Veterans please visit: Military.com