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Compton honors veterans and their families

Family Vision Expo honors veterans, Saturday, with gift of sight amid day of festivity COMPTON — The community will honor more than 300 veterans and their families at the Veterans and Family Vision Expo, Saturday, Nov.

Family Vision Expo honors veterans, Saturday, with gift of sight amid day of festivity

COMPTON — The community will honor more than 300 veterans and their families at the Veterans and Family Vision Expo, Saturday, Nov. 12, providing free vision care amid a day of festivity filled with music, food, and recognition for their service.

Led by Angels for Sight, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides vision care to the underserved, the event occurs from 8 a.m. to 5pm at the Angels for Sight Vision Clinic at 920 N. Alameda Street in Compton.

Attendees will be served a continental breakfast and a holiday luncheon in thanks for their service to the nation, and for the sacrifices their families also made while their loved ones were on active duty.

Optometrists from Angels for Sight will join with the University of Southern California Department of Ophthalmology to provide vision screenings and free prescription eyeglasses.

The U.S. Veterans Administration estimates that one out of five veterans have a vision-threatening eye disease. This alarming statistic is compounded by the lack of access to quality eye care. Funding for general healthcare for our veterans is an ongoing problem and monies for vision care are minimal. Poor and impaired vision also contributes to the inability of some of our veterans to enter the workforce or maintain a permanent residence.

Angels for Sight is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, community-based organization dedicated and committed to providing no-cost vision screening, eye examinations, and glasses to the uninsured, underserved children, and seniors who do not have access to such services.

To learn more about Angles for Sight visit www.angelsforsight.org. Angels for Sight has provided vision screenings to more than  22,0000 individuals and provided eye examinations and glasses to some 4,000 veterans.

For a more information, directions and a schedule of the day’s events contact Shea Hamilton, executive director and founder of Angels for Sight at shea.hamilton@sbcglobal.net, or call (310) 537-2102.

 

 

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