Close Celebrating 40 years of helping the blind The Lighthouse for the Blind is celebrating 40 years of helping the blind. Bret Vetter, KYTX 6:20 PM. CDT October 12, 2016 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST Speaking to current and former Lighthouse employees, 1st District U.S. House Representative Louie Gohmert thanked them for the progress they have made ard for helping the blind community find work. "They have shown what the American dream is. Not to get rich and be famous, but to have a job," Gohmert said. Horizon Industries, the largest employer of the blind in East Texas, says that through their partnership with the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, they will continue to grow. "Not just the Tyler area but the entire 40 counties in East Texas," Huffman said. Gohmert says job growth is a key issue on every American's mind heading into the Presidential election, including among the blind community. "People are empowered. Just because you are blind, doesn't mean you can't work," Gohmert said. (© 2017 KYTX) CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment More Stories All of your 'April the giraffe' questions answered Feb 24, 2017, 6:22 p.m. LIVE VIDEO | Giraffe birth at NY zoo Feb 22, 2017, 6:07 p.m. LeTourneau University hosts Engineering Day Feb 24, 2017, 6:14 p.m.