Navy veteran receives life-changing gift

Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 20:00:09-04

A veteran who became legally blind after leaving the Navy has received a life-changing gift.

Scott Scieszinski married his high school sweetheart 34 years ago. He will never forget her face and remembers the moment he first laid his eyes on her when he was 17.

"I rescued her from a kid that was teasing her," he said.

Scieszinski went on to join the Navy and worked as an electronics technician.

"I was having more and more problems discerning colors and also couldn't see the little tiny numbers," he explained.

After 19 years, Scieszinski got out. Then, he saw an eye doctor just so he could get some better glasses.

"He said I would be going blind," Scieszinski explained.

He went legally blind because of a rare eye condition. He could no longer do things he loved, like running, reading and cooking.

"I was a hazard to myself," He said. "I cut my hands, [and] I almost started a fire in the kitchen."

Scieszinski's wife said he went into a depression.

"There were days he didn't even want to get out of bed," Sheryl Scieszinski said.

The VA helped him regain some independence. A few weeks ago, Scieszinski asked the Wounded Warrior Project for help, and they gave him the $18,000 gift of e-Sight.

The highly advanced goggles live stream video and adapt to his eyes, so he can see again.

Scieszinski never thought he would be able to see his wife again.

"It was truly a feast for my eyes," he said.

The last time he had seen her, cancer had taken a toll on her, but she fought back.

"She's the beautiful woman I always knew she was, but now I see that beauty," he added.

"This is a miracle to me," Sheryl said.

It is like they are teenagers again, and they were looking forward to some alone time.

"There are some things I would like to see, but I'm not going to say it publicly," he said with laughter.