Jo has met local veteran Jamie Cuthbertson on a visit to Parliament with a British and American group of blinded ex-servicemen and women.
American ‘exchange’ veteran Tim, Jo Swinson and Bearsden ex-serviceman Tim in Parliament
The visit was part of an exchange programme for members of the American Blind Veterans’ Association (BVA) and the UK St Dunstan’s charity for blind ex-servicemen and women, called Project Gemini.
Jamie, who lost his sight in an explosives accident when serving as an army Captain in the Royal Engineers, and his American ‘exchange’ partner Tim spoke to Jo about the support they have received from their two organisations to learn new skills and lead independent lives.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It was fascinating to speak to East Dunbartonshire veteran Jamie and hear about the work of St Dunstan’s. Despite losing his sight during his military career, Jamie received fantastic rehabilitation support with the charity and is now putting his experiences to very worthwhile use working with other blind people.
“With a packed programme of sightseeing and visits including the London Eye, the camaraderie amongst the Project Gemini servicemen and women was evident. St Dunstan’s life-long support for our dedicated ex-service personnel is extremely valuable, and goes a long way in enhancing their lives.”
- For more information on the work of St Dunstan’s, see www.st-dunstans.org.uk