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Hornchurch veteran backs national charity’s campaign to support all blind ex-service men and women

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 November 2017

Veteran Ken Towsey is helping charity Blind Veterans UK to call on the public to rethink who they consider to be a veteran. Picture: Blind Veterans UK

Veteran Ken Towsey is helping charity Blind Veterans UK to call on the public to rethink who they consider to be a veteran. Picture: Blind Veterans UK

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An 84-year-old is backing a charity’s campaign to broaden the public’s understanding of who is a veteran, during the build-up to Remembrance Day.

Essex National Service veteran Ken Towsey, from Hornchurch, is getting behind Blind Veterans UK to help reach the thousands of ex-service men and women battling sight loss who are missing out on support

Research has found that 54pc of people do not consider those who completed National Service to be veterans.

Ken, who was called up for National Service aged 18 but lost his sight decades later due to glaucoma, said: “At this time of year lots of people are thinking about veterans, and you may be or may know someone who has served in the Armed Forces or done National Service and is now living with sight loss.

“If so, I’d really encourage you to come forward and speak to Blind Veterans UK, you won’t regret it!”

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