Technology aids visually impaired veterans

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CHINA GROVE — The Southern Piedmont Chapter of The Blinded Veterans Association held an informational meeting at South China Grove United Methodist Church on Thursday.
Following a fellowship meal furnished by the church, three vendors of technical equipment for the visually impaired showed and demonstrated their technology in small groups. Visually impaired people of the area were invited to see what was available.
Blinded and visually impaired veterans are able to obtain much of this equipment through the VA system. Many of the others did not know what was available and many of the blinded and visually impaired veterans had not been brought up to date on the recent developments.
Often these items can be seen only when they travel long distances, so the Local Chapter wanted to have something locally to benefit all visually impaired individuals.
The president of the organization is Vance Eller, who can be reached at 704-636-1472. Harry Troop, vice president can be reached at 704-857-2325. The secretary/treasurer can be reached at 704-788-6447. Any of these people can provide veterans with information about the organization which meets the first Thursday of each month, usually at the Golden Corral in Concord.