As a Rehabilitation Training Liaison Officer for Blind Veterans
UK, 48 year old Billy Baxter is an inspiration to our new members
when they visit our Llandudno rehabilitation, care and training
centre. His extrovert personality and positive attitude is
But as Billy says, he would not be alive today if it were not
for the emotional strength of his wife Karen and the support of
Blind Veterans UK.
When Billy Baxter, a former Staff Sergeant in the British Army,
lost his sight in 1997 from a virus, he became extremely bitter and
Billy said: "I was ready to commit suicide, I felt useless
and angry and I didn't want to put Karen and the kids through any
more misery. If it hadn't been for Karen and Blind Veterans UK I
would not have the great life I have now".
Shortly before Billy was discharged from the Army, Karen found
out about Blind Veterans UK, but Billy refused to apply for
membership, being too proud to admit he needed help. So Karen
enquired on his behalf and managed to persuade Billy to go on an
introductory stay with the organisation.
Karen said: "When Billy lost his sight he was very, very angry.
Everything me and the kids did he would snap at us for. I had had
enough and was ready to pack my bags and leave him. But when he
came back from Blind Veterans UK's training and rehabilitation
centre in Brighton he was the real Billy again. It was such a
relief and we are just so grateful."
Billy said: "When I arrived at the centre and met the staff
and other members of Blind Veterans UK I realised I wasn't alone.
That changed everything for me."
Karen adds: "I never thought that Billy would be able to work
again, so when he got the job at Blind Veterans UK's Llandudno
centre I couldn't believe it. It is so fantastic, we are so
We launched the No One Alone campaign to reach out to more
people like Billy. It is estimated that there are 68,000 plus blind
veterans who could be eligible for our help but are unaware of it.
If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or National
Service who now suffers with sight loss (including age-related
sight loss) request our free support by calling 0800 389
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