Fredericton veteran reflects on fighting in WWII and his battle with AMD

11/10/2017

In 1944, nearing the end of WWII, 19-year-old Private Edmund Martin was overseas in the Battle of Normandy. That year Edmund spent 11 long months on the battlefields in Belgium, Holland, Germany, and of course, France. He returned home in August 1945 at the end of the war.

These days, Edmund looks back from his home in Fredericton and reflects on his time at war – but he mostly just thinks about the young men and women that are overseas representing our country today. Knowing first-hand what it feels like to be away from home, representing his country, Edmund says he hopes to see all the young people serving in the military come home safe and as soon as possible.

A lot has changed for Edmund since his time fighting in WWII and CNIB has been there for a part of his life journey. Since being diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), he can no longer do certain things the way he used too. Driving a car, doing some daily tasks, like distinguishing between money, reading grocery lists and sometimes even making credit card transactions were challenging at first.

Whether vision loss is combat-related or simply a factor of aging, Vision Loss Rehabilitation New Brunswick – a CNIB organization – offers personalized rehabilitation and access to helpful products to support Canadian Veterans.

Edmund says CNIB has helped him in many ways, most importantly by helping him regain his independence. With the use of a CCTV (paid for by Veterans Affairs Canada) to enlarge print of everyday reading materials, on top of helping him try out various magnifiers to find the one that works best for him. CNIB Vision Mates – specially trained volunteers who assist with a variety of activities – have helped him fill out forms, sort through his mail and much more.

CNIB offers a range of programs to help veterans like Edmund live life to the fullest. To learn more, visit cnib.ca, or call 1-800-563-2642.​

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