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Veterans with a Vision

Canada’s War Blinded in Peace and War

History has told us something about our war dead but very little about our war wounded. Veterans with a Vision provides a vibrant, poignant, and very human history of Canada’s war-blinded veterans and of the organization they founded in 1922, the Sir Arthur Pearson Association of War Blinded. Serge Durflinger details the veterans’ process of civil re-establishment, physical and psychological rehabilitation, and social and personal coping and describes their public advocacy for government pension entitlements, job retraining, and other social programs. This book captures the spirit of perseverance that permeated the veterans’ community and highlights the accomplishments of the war blinded as advocates for all Canadian veterans and for all blind citizens.

Table of Contents



1 Canada’s First War Blinded, 1899-1918

2 The Sir Arthur Pearson Club of War Blinded Soldiers and Sailors, 1919-29

3 The Years of Struggle, 1930-39

4 Rehabilitating the Blinded Casualties of the Second World War, 1939-50

5 Older and Wiser: Canada’s War Blinded in the Aftermath of War, 1945-70

6 Twilight, 1971-2002



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