Veterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and War by Serge Marc DurflingerVeterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and War by Serge Marc Durflinger

Veterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and War

bySerge Marc Durflinger, Published in Association with the Canadian War Mus

Paperback | March 22, 2010

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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, whose courage and the organization they created reshaped the way Canadians and successive governments perceived war disability and, in particular, blindness.

Serge Durflinger illuminates the lives of the war blinded by detailing the veterans' process of civil re-establishment, physical and psychological rehabilitation, and social and personal coping. He describes how, in 1922, a group of veterans formed the Sir Arthur Pearson Association of War Blinded (SAPA), closely linked to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). This organization effectively advocated for government pension entitlements, job retraining, and other social programs that allowed veterans to regain a strong measure of independence.

Veterans with a Vision captures the spirit of perseverance that permeated the veterans’ community and highlights the impacts made by the war blinded as advocates for all Canadian veterans and all blind citizens.

Serge Marc Durflinger is an associate professor of history at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Fighting from Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec and co-editor of War and Society in Post-Confederation Canada.
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Title:Veterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.49 × 6.62 × 1.12 inPublished:March 22, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774818565

ISBN - 13:9780774818568

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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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.I was unlucky enough to get in the way of one of the shrapnel bullets. I felt a slight sting in my right temple as though pricked by a red-hot needle – and then the world became black. Dawn was now breaking, but night had sealed my eyes. - James Rawlinson, blinded at Vimy, 1917