VSP’s ‘Vision to Share’ Partnership with America’s VetDogs Funds Service Dogs for Veterans

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—With 1.5 million U.S. veterans affected by vision problems, VSP Vision Care launched the Vision to Share campaign in partnership with America’s VetDogs to provide up to $50,000 to raise, train and place a guide dog with a veteran who is blind or has low vision. Anyone can participate by visiting VSP’s SeeMuchMore website and sharing the video. Every time a person shares the video through Facebook, Twitter or email, VSP will make a donation toward the care and training of a guide dog.

“As a not-for-profit, VSP invests in tackling vision-related challenges around the globe, including those our veterans may face,” said VSP Vision Care president Jim McGrann. “VSP has a deep commitment to supporting U.S. military members and veterans through our ongoing hiring efforts, employee-led veterans resource group and dedication to ensuring all have access to quality eyecare and eyewear. The Vision to Share campaign is a natural extension of our efforts and provides an easy way for everyone to join our commitment to improve the life of a visually impaired veteran.”

In addition, VSP’s mobile eyecare clinics will travel to the following three U.S. cities to provide free eyecare to veterans and families in need—Dallas, Sept. 3; Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 9 (World Sight Day); and Washington, D.C., Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

“America’s VetDogs has placed more than 300 assistance dogs with veterans with disabilities at no cost to the veterans,” said Wells Jones, CEO of America’s VetDogs. “Campaigns such as Vision to Share are critical to our mission, and VSP has been a wonderful partner. Not only are we raising awareness about the struggles faced by veterans with low vision, but we’re also inspiring the greater community to band together to improve the lives of these American heroes.”

To date, through Eyes of Hope charity programs, including VSP Mobile Eyes, VSP Global, companies have invested nearly $167 million in free eyecare and eyewear for close to 915,000 adults and children in need.