Paul's Story

Paul Jacobs
Paul's life changed forever when he stepped on an IED

Paul Jacobs enlisted at 18. He was blinded at 20. And he's been supported by Blind Veterans UK ever since. Read his story below.

Paul Jacobs enlisted at 18. He was blinded at 20. And he's been supported by Blind Veterans UK ever since. Read his story below.



Paul Jacobs GM served with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles. On 20 August 2009, he was leading his patrol up the Upper Sangin Valley, one of the most heavily mined stretches of road in Afghanistan, when his unit hit an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion left him seriously wounded - but, despite suffering severe fragmentation damage to his eyes and bleeding heavily from multiple wounds, Paul managed to move himself to an extraction point that would be safer for his comrades.


Paul was awarded the prestigious George Medal for bravery as he continued to protect his colleagues after he was wounded. His medal citation read: "His sheer personal courage and startling determination, unswerving courage, selflessness, devotion to duty and dedication to his comrades was faultless."


Since then, Paul has received the free services and lifelong support of Blind Veterans UK. With our help, he has discovered life beyond sight loss, with his personal accomplishments including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, participating in marathons and becoming a father. He is currently training to face the Iron Man challenge this summer.
"I'd be dead without Blind Veterans UK," says Paul. "The charity has saved my life. It's allowed me to blossom in ways that I didn't think I could.

 

"As the charity's founder, Sir Arthur Pearson said, Blind Veterans UK is all about victory over blindness. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Blind Veterans UK."

 

Blind Veterans UK provides free services and lifelong support to blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, no matter how long they served and whatever the cause of sight loss. As a charity, we are entirely funded by voluntary donations, and rely on the generosity of the general public to continue our work. Donate today and show your support for blind veterans like Paul.

 

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