- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Blinded veterans are among the most avid patrons of a government program that provides braille books and audiobooks to the blind.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, grants priority status to honorably discharged blind and physically handicapped military personnel in the loan of free reading materials and equipment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are as many as 150,000 blinded U.S. veterans.

“NLS is committed to serving the needs of those who have so willingly served our country,” said Frank Kurt Cylke, director of the service. “We are proud to offer this service to some of America’s most honored citizens.”

Among the supporters of the NLS program is Tom Miller, executive director of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA).

“The talking-book program provides a much-needed way for veterans to continue to read, learn and enhance the quality of our lives,” said Mr. Miller, who was blinded by a land-mine explosion in Vietnam in 1967. “So many of us stand to benefit from this valuable, free service.”

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