To all veteran, Thank you for your service. Many veterans of military service do not realize that help for their visual impairment may be available through the Veterans Administration, even if the vision loss is not service related. 

Isaac York will be presenting a program at the Visually Impaired Support Group of Cumberland County meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sonshine Soup Kitchen at 69 Neecham St., Crossville.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Come, join us and be inspired by a young blind man who accomplishes so much for our veterans.

This program will be of interest to all visually challenged individuals, especially veterans. Veterans who have functional deficits (macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, eye trauma) despite best standard correction, may be entitled to low-vision aids and devices.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the public attitude toward veterans and active service members has changed dramatically. 

Active service personnel are now honored, put on airlines first, and publicly commended everywhere. Likewise, help for disabled and visually impaired veterans has greatly improved. 

What can the VA do to help the visually impaired? The VA has a Vision Impaired Service Team or VIST group, led by a VIST coordinator. 

York is the Tennessee VIST Coordinator for the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, whose sole job is to help visually impaired Tennessee veterans. 

He is a dedicated, compassionate professional who is able to help almost any eligible veteran, and does whatever is necessary to help improve independence, function and quality of life. This includes a provision of aids and devices such as magnifiers and other adaptive devices. 

Prior to this position, York served as the orientation and mobility specialist for the TVHS Advanced Low Vision Clinic. 

He graduated summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he majored in orientation and mobility. York has worked in the field of blind and vision rehabilitation for 13 years.

The VA Blind Rehabilitation Service model of care encompasses an array of rehabilitative services, extending from the patient’s home to the VA care facility, and to regional low-vision clinics and resident inpatient training programs.

For those who need more support, the VA maintains Blind Rehabilitation Centers throughout the United States. These are specialized inpatient facilities, fully staffed with optometrists, occupational therapists, assistive technology specialists and others who provide orientation and mobility, communication skills, activities of daily living, manual skills, visual skills, computer access training, and social-recreational activities. 

For those willing to do it, this is rehabilitation at its best. Visit www.tennesseevalley.va.gov/ for details.

Learn about new technology and try some of the VIS Group equipment. Full membership is $25 per year. Membership paid now will be valid until January 2020.

York will be able to answer all veterans’ questions. Coffee and pastry will be shared. A special cake for November birthdays will be provided by Isabeau Strader of Home Instead Senior Care. 

Visit www.visgroup.org, call 787-1772 or email visgroup1@outlook.com for more about the VIS Group.



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