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February 18, 2015 – Thanks to a generous grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is forming a monthly support group for Rock County veterans who are blind or have low vision. Spouses, significant others, or adult children/caregivers of veterans are also welcome. The purpose of this support group is to provide a welcoming atmosphere where veterans can exchange and share information, experiences, and resources in their areas.

The support group is scheduled to meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00am at the Kienow-Hilt VFW Post 1621, located at 1015 Center Avenue in Janesville. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. Even if you do not attend the first meeting, you are welcome to join the group any second Wednesday that follows.

The topics of the meetings will ultimately be decided by the participants, but some possible ideas include coping strategies for handling the challenges presented by vision loss, accessing resources (including those that the VA can offer), guest speakers on topics related to vision changes and eye disorders. There is ample parking at the VFW and the building is handicapped accessible.

Please plan to come and share your experiences, ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other veterans! You can join this support group by contacting Amy Wurf, Low Vision Therapist, at 608-237-8107 (or toll free at 1-800-783-5213) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The mission of the Council is to promote the dignity and independence of the people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation, and educating the general public. To learn more about the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, call 1-800-783-5213 or visit, its Facebook page, or Twitter (@TheCouncilWI).