Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans Association In 1945, a group of veterans blinded during World War II formed BVA. Today, we serve all veterans who are blind or visually impaired, helping to obtain earned benefits, access blind rehabilitation, participate in adaptive sports, and secure employment.
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The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) traces its roots back to the end of World War II. BVA's forefathers were a group of veterans blinded during that conflict. In 1945, they met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Avon, CT and founded the association. Thirteen years later, BVA received its charter from the United States Congress. Ever since, the Blinded Veterans Association has worke

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) traces its roots back to the end of World War II. BVA's forefathers were a group of veterans blinded during that conflict. In 1945, they met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Avon, CT and founded the association. Thirteen years later, BVA received its charter from the United States Congress. Ever since, the Blinded Veterans Association has worke

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Help the Blinded Veterans Association ensure that combat-injured military retirees receive their earned benefits. Can yo...
07/13/2021
Legislative Action Center

Help the Blinded Veterans Association ensure that combat-injured military retirees receive their earned benefits. Can you spare a minute of time to encourage your congressional delegation to support The Major Richard Star Act? Become a voice for #veterans by taking action today!

Welcome to BVA’s Legislative Action Center! OneClick Politics is our new grassroots advocacy software. It enables you to reach out to your elected officia

The freedoms we enjoy are a constant reminder of the sacrifices of our active and retired service members who have paved...
07/12/2021

The freedoms we enjoy are a constant reminder of the sacrifices of our active and retired service members who have paved the way for us to #SeeTheFuture! Join our campaign and post (photo optional) a tribute to one such person you wish to thank for their service and bravery on our behalf. The future is promising for all of us because of them.

Please tag both OrCam and the Blinded Veterans Association using the hashtag #SeeTheFuture.

OrCam will match donations on our page Blinded Veterans Association, doubling the impact of your support to BVA and our mission to serve blinded veterans!

Image description: A smiling male veteran in the middle, with two grandchildren on each side and overlaid text "See The Future".

The freedoms we enjoy are a constant reminder of the sacrifices of our active and retired service members who have paved the way for us to #SeeTheFuture! Join our campaign and post (photo optional) a tribute to one such person you wish to thank for their service and bravery on our behalf. The future is promising for all of us because of them.

Please tag both OrCam and the Blinded Veterans Association using the hashtag #SeeTheFuture.

OrCam will match donations on our page Blinded Veterans Association, doubling the impact of your support to BVA and our mission to serve blinded veterans!

Image description: A smiling male veteran in the middle, with two grandchildren on each side and overlaid text "See The Future".

Join our campaign to honor active and retired military members who help us #SeeTheFuture!Share a story and photo (option...
07/04/2021

Join our campaign to honor active and retired military members who help us #SeeTheFuture!

Share a story and photo (optional) about a military member or veteran that has inspired you to overcome life’s challenges and look ahead to a promising future. Please tag both OrCam and Blinded Veterans Association using the hashtag #SeeTheFuture.

Donate today to BVA on our page Blinded Veterans Association and OrCam will match the contribution to double your impact!

Image Description: Veteran holding the American flag with overlaid text #SeeTheFuture.

Join our campaign to honor active and retired military members who help us #SeeTheFuture!

Share a story and photo (optional) about a military member or veteran that has inspired you to overcome life’s challenges and look ahead to a promising future. Please tag both OrCam and Blinded Veterans Association using the hashtag #SeeTheFuture.

Donate today to BVA on our page Blinded Veterans Association and OrCam will match the contribution to double your impact!

Image Description: Veteran holding the American flag with overlaid text #SeeTheFuture.

Members of the Blinded Veterans Association and other blinded and visually impaired veterans are achieving greater indep...
07/01/2021
Veterans with visual impairments benefit from 3D printing technology at VA - VAntage Point

Members of the Blinded Veterans Association and other blinded and visually impaired veterans are achieving greater independence in daily life. The amazing results are possible through Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) training in orientation and mobility, daily living activities, and recent technological advances.

To help veterans navigate unfamiliar or complex locations, clinicians have traditionally built tactile maps and models of rooms, buildings, and city blocks. With the advent of 3d printers, the next generation of maps has emerged as tactile models of home addresses, street layouts, and buildings can be printed in a few hours! The maps, now depressed rather than raised, are highly effective in navigating without sight. #3dprinting

With VA’s Blind and Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Continuum of Care, Veterans with visual impairments are achieving independence.

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. An issue of concern to the Blinded Veterans Association, PTSD develops in people who have e...
06/27/2021
PTSD: Help is Available

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. An issue of concern to the Blinded Veterans Association, PTSD develops in people who have experienced or witnessed a dangerous event. PTSD can affect even the most resilient of persons, including active duty members of the Military and our veterans. The Military Health System is equipped to help with diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. If you are struggling with PTSD, reach out to your local military hospital, VA Medical Center, or other clinic and make an appointment today.
#PTSD #ptsdawareness #ptsdawarenessday #PTSDAwarenessMonth #PTSDTreatment

PTSD can happen to anyone. The Military Health System can help you get diagnosed and provide you with evidence-based treatment so you can get your life back. If you're struggling with PTSD, reach out to your local military hospital or clinic and make an appointment today. Learn more at health.mil/pt...

"With only 64 percent of adults having received at least one shot, our country still has considerable work ahead in orde...
06/26/2021
BVA National President Again Urges COVID-19 Vaccine

"With only 64 percent of adults having received at least one shot, our country still has considerable work ahead in order to ensure that all are protected. I’m sending this message to encourage you to join me in the mission of getting fully vaccinated."

Dear Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Members, Families of Members, and Friends:As you all know, our country is still dealing with COVID-19. Americans know fi

06/26/2021

Don't miss Lonnie Bedwell, former Navy Petty Officer and a member of the Indiana Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association, on a most amazing episode of National Geographic Channel's "Breaking Bobby Bones" tomorrow (June 27) at 10pm EDT! The show highlights three days of kayaking with blindfolded radio and TV personality Bobby Bones, who created the program himself to challenge his own personal motto of "fight, grind, repeat" with unique Americans who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. A podcast with Lonnie and Bobby Bones highlights their newly established friendship and previews the episode. Lonnie was National Geographic's 2015 Adventurer of the Year. #lonniebedwell #breakingbobbybones #nationalgeographic #blindkayaking

BVA just finished a great interview with the 9th Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, and Louis J Celli, Execut...
06/18/2021

BVA just finished a great interview with the 9th Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, and Louis J Celli, Executive Director of Policy Vets. It aired beginning today, June 18, and you can find it at PolicyVets.org/podcasts, where we discuss the Blinded Veterans Association, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and #ServiceDogs.

Image Description: Two rows of shoulder length views, three on the top row and two on the bottom, of individuals engaged in a virtual meeting. All are looking straight ahead. The gentleman at top far left is using headphones and a microphone. On the upper row in the center is BVA Executive Director Donald Overton.

BVA just finished a great interview with the 9th Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, and Louis J Celli, Executive Director of Policy Vets. It aired beginning today, June 18, and you can find it at PolicyVets.org/podcasts, where we discuss the Blinded Veterans Association, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and #ServiceDogs.

Image Description: Two rows of shoulder length views, three on the top row and two on the bottom, of individuals engaged in a virtual meeting. All are looking straight ahead. The gentleman at top far left is using headphones and a microphone. On the upper row in the center is BVA Executive Director Donald Overton.

Guide Dog Pierce would like to wish everyone a happy #flagday2021! Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the...
06/14/2021

Guide Dog Pierce would like to wish everyone a happy #flagday2021! Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. #BVA #guidedog #veterans #flagday #americanflag #freedomisntfree

Guide Dog Pierce would like to wish everyone a happy #flagday2021! Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. #BVA #guidedog #veterans #flagday #americanflag #freedomisntfree

Giving a loud #shoutout to our amazing and inspirational Blinded Women Veterans on this #WomenVeteransDay!Women Veterans...
06/12/2021

Giving a loud #shoutout to our amazing and inspirational Blinded Women Veterans on this #WomenVeteransDay!

Women Veterans Day isn’t a separate day for women veterans, but rather a tribute to a groundbreaking day when #women were acknowledged as essential to the war efforts and could serve in the regular armed forces.

#DYK there are currently nearly two-million #womenveterans in the US?

Giving a loud #shoutout to our amazing and inspirational Blinded Women Veterans on this #WomenVeteransDay!

Women Veterans Day isn’t a separate day for women veterans, but rather a tribute to a groundbreaking day when #women were acknowledged as essential to the war efforts and could serve in the regular armed forces.

#DYK there are currently nearly two-million #womenveterans in the US?

Help Blinded Veterans Association pass legislation to secure loans for vision research projects and other biomedical res...
06/03/2021
BVA Seeks Member Support for Legislation Affecting Vision and Biomedical Research

Help Blinded Veterans Association pass legislation to secure loans for vision research projects and other biomedical research. HR 3437 would infuse critical private sector dollars into clinical trials for the treatments & cures that so many are waiting on. Please join our OneClick Politics congressional grassroots advocacy by clicking the link below!

Blinded veterans and their families can assist BVA in increasing support for legislation to secure loans for vision research projects and other biomedical resea

This #MemorialDay, and every day, we remember the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. This memorial month of May...
05/31/2021
Support TAPS

This #MemorialDay, and every day, we remember the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. This memorial month of May, BVA recognizes the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and their mission in caring for the families who were left behind. Learn how you can support this wonderful mission and service at TAPS.org/support. #HonorThem #MoreThanMemorialDay

TAPS is one of the leading military service organizations, and we encourage you to join our cause. To support surviving military families, you can donate to TAPS or volunteer your time.

Ahead of Memorial Day 2021, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has up...
05/29/2021
VA Adds New Capabilities to Website Honoring Deceased Veterans

Ahead of Memorial Day 2021, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has upgraded the features of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website...

Ahead of Memorial Day 2021, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has upgraded the features of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website...

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is nearing its 100th birthday. On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congre...
05/27/2021
A Memorial Day Message from BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr.

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is nearing its 100th birthday. On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unidentified service member in the plaza of what was, at the time, the newly constructed Memorial Amphitheater on those hallowed grounds.

The unknown soldier brought back from France was interred below a...

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is nearing its 100th birthday. On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unidentifie

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Southern California Regional Group President Ken Asam will address a virtual Facebook...
05/15/2021
California BVA Leader to Address Live Audience May 18

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Southern California Regional Group President Ken Asam will address a virtual Facebook Live audience on Tuesday, May 18. The presentation, entitled “How OrCam Improved My Quality of Life,” will include highlights of Ken’s military journey, his experiences with vision loss, and how he has utilized the OrCam technology in daily living activities to remain...

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Southern California Regional Group President Ken Asam will address a virtual Facebook Live audience on Tuesday, May 18. The p

On this #NationalArmedForcesDay, May 15, we honor our Nation's heroes and their families for the selfless sacrifices the...
05/15/2021
Learn How to Access Captioned Telephone Service - Clear2Connect

On this #NationalArmedForcesDay, May 15, we honor our Nation's heroes and their families for the selfless sacrifices they make for us.

Unfortunately, #servicemembers and #veterans often come home with burdens associated with #HearingLoss and #Tinnitus. More than 600,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans alone are experiencing symptoms. Many of our veterans with vision loss are also affected by hearing loss.

To learn more about how to access telephone captioning services, click on the Clear2Connect graphic below.

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Learn How to Access Captioned Telephone Service Captioned telephone service, also known as IP CTS, is available from several different providers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers consumer choice an important part of the process, which is why Clear2Connect works to educate people...

Make a difference this Mother's Day. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/53-0214281 to generate donations for the Blin...
05/05/2021

Make a difference this Mother's Day. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/53-0214281 to generate donations for the Blinded Veterans Association.

#mothersday2021

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#mothersday2021

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Become an advocate today on behalf of blinded and disabled veterans by promoting access to reliable, accessible transpor...
04/28/2021
Government Relations – Blinded Veterans Association

Become an advocate today on behalf of blinded and disabled veterans by promoting access to reliable, accessible transportation! Click the link below to encourage your Congressional representatives to support the ‘AUTO for Veterans Act” now.

BVA’s Government Relations team is a consistent presence on Capitol Hill. We work to educate congressional leaders on the needs of our blinded veterans, their families and caregivers. The resolutions adopted by BVA members during the annual National Convention drive our legislative advocacy – en...

Don't miss this Wednesday's BVA Facebook Live event featuring blinded veteran Orlando Bembry, Vice President of the Blin...
04/26/2021
BVA & OrCam Facebook Live Event

Don't miss this Wednesday's BVA Facebook Live event featuring blinded veteran Orlando Bembry, Vice President of the Blinded Veterans Association's Florida Regional Group! The 3:00pm Eastern Time presentation will detail Orlando's military journey, his later challenge-filled journey with sight loss, and how OrCam MyEye technology has raised his quality of life and helped him maintain a high level of independence. Click below to register and receive instructions on how to join the virtual event.

#sightloss #technologyfortheblind

How OrCam MyEye improved my quality of life.

The Blinded Veterans Association is pleased to partner with the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in urging all vete...
04/23/2021
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee COVID-19 Vaccine PSA

The Blinded Veterans Association is pleased to partner with the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs in urging all veterans to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Special recognition goes to National Vice President Joe McNeil for his part in the Committee's recently released Public Service Announcement. View the video and follow Joe's lead in obtaining one of the available vaccines. Then encourage the veterans in your life to do the same!
#vetsgetvaccinated #covid19vacccine

Chairman Tester and Ranking Member Moran lead a public service announcement urging veterans to get vaccinated. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders joi...

Join blinded veteran Orlando Bembry, Vice President of BVA’s Florida Regional Group, next Wednesday, April 28 at 3:00pm ...
04/21/2021
BVA & OrCam Facebook Live Event

Join blinded veteran Orlando Bembry, Vice President of BVA’s Florida Regional Group, next Wednesday, April 28 at 3:00pm ET, as he relates his military journey, his subsequent journey with vision loss, and how the OrCam MyEye technology has raised his quality of life as he remains active, self-reliant, and goal-oriented on a daily basis. Click on the link below to register for the hour-long Facebook Live event hosted by the Blinded Veterans Association and OrCam. #visionloss

How OrCam MyEye improved my quality of life.

BVA members Donald Overton, Thomas Miller, and Timothy Hornik contributed to an online feature story authored by journal...
04/17/2021
Slipped Through The Cracks: Stories, Hopes And Struggles Of Combat-Blinded Veterans - Zenger News

BVA members Donald Overton, Thomas Miller, and Timothy Hornik contributed to an online feature story authored by journalist Carlin Becker and distributed by Zenger News. The article was prompted by the retinal detachment in Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s one remaining eye earlier this month. Representative Crenshaw is also a former Navy Seal. Don, Tom, and Tim referenced the other medical challenges they faced as they confronted their sight loss. They also mentioned the personal setbacks and eventual triumphs that are possible after blindness for the now estimated 130,000 blinded veterans throughout the United States.

Read the full article below.

#zengernews #visionloss #veterans

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Thousands of war veterans are suffering from combat-induced vision loss.

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Alexandria, VA
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On March 28, 1945, a group of 100 young men who had recently lost their sight during World War II, met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital, near Avon, Connecticut. They discussed forming an organization to assist their fellow veterans in recovery and assimilation back to civilian life. These young men became the founders of the Blinded Veterans Association, and represented a cross-section of heroes and pioneers who shaped the rich history, philosophy, and knowledge of education and techniques rehabilitating the blind. These same men also provided insight into current and future challenges facing the blind and engaged in continual advocacy efforts to ensure that services for all blinded persons would be specialized for their unique life circumstances. In 1946, General Omar Bradley, of the Veterans Administration, appointed the Blinded Veterans Association as the first official representative of blinded veterans. In this role, The Blinded Veterans Association assumed responsibility for filing health and disability and appeals on behalf of blinded veterans to the Veterans Administration. In 1947 the Blinded Veterans Association was incorporated in New York State as a nonprofit association and then moved to Washington, DC, later that same year. Throughout the last 74 years, BVA has successfully carried out its important mission and contributed a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of America’s blinded veterans and their families. This has included working in close partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assure high-quality, comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services/benefits for blinded veterans. A pivotal moment occurred at the end of World War II when the U.S. Army discontinued its blind rehabilitation services for the war blind and BVA persuaded VA to assume the responsibility for their care and rehabilitation. In 1958, BVA was chartered by the 58th U.S. Congress to speak and write on behalf of blinded veterans in national legislative affairs. Ever since BVA officers and staff have worked tirelessly to fulfill the Association’s mission and uphold the ideals expressed in its Congressional charter by monitoring House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee activities and cooperating with other Veterans Service Organizations. One of BVA’s most notable accomplishments was to call for the establishment of a comprehensive residential Blind Rehabilitation Center. The facility would assist blinded veterans in their adjustment to vision loss and the acquisition of adaptive skills. Due in large measure to BVA’s efforts, the first BRC opened on July 4, 1948. As the numbers of war-blinded veterans increased with the onset of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, BVA pressured VA to expand the number of BRCs nationally. As BRC programs grew and evolved, BVA persuaded Congress and VA to expand eligibility for blind rehabilitation services to veterans whose blindness was not the result of their military service, but due to illness or age-related conditions. Literally, thousands of blinded veterans have received rehabilitation assistance as a result of this achievement. During the last 74 years, BVA has taken every opportunity to present the special needs of America’s blinded veterans before policymakers at all levels of government.

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I am legally blind actually low vision 20/400, I am also a 30% service connected disabled vet, but not for my vision. My vision loss started just about the same time as Covid i am a licensed physician assistant but haven’t worked since my vision went. I need serious help finding work. It doesn’t have to be in my field, but I need something. I am getting SSDI, but anyone on it can testify it just isn’t enough. I appreciate your help in advance.
Today on The Kevin McNally Show: Jim Sadecki: 100% blindness does not have to be the end of life! I talk with Jim Sadecki. Jim is a Patriot and lives his life willing to take on all challenges. Jim is 100% blind. He does not let this fact stop him from playing hockey, climbing, shooting, using chain saws, tractors, bicycling, running road races, golfing, fishing, and snowshoeing! Click the link below to listen. PLEASE SHARE!
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Opportunity for Veterans! New Musicals Inc (NMI) is adapting veteran's stories into ten-minute musicals to be filmed as part of a web-series to honor veterans. Veterans whose stories are selected for development will receive a $1000 honorarium and hold on to the rights of their stories. Don't let the "musical" aspect dissuade you. NMI just needs a compelling story from your background – just one story – not a compilation -- and they will bring a composer, lyricist, and professional actor together to turn it into song. They will also welcome you into the collaboration process if you want to be included on the creative side. See the link for info and a very short video that explains the project. Deadline is November 20. www.nmi.org/veterans
We live in a world where a computer can drive a car at 70 mph without human assistance, but there is not yet any comparable capability to help a blind person walk down a sidewalk at 3 mph. Today’s powerful technologies, many of them grounded in AI, have yet to be milled into next-generation tools that are truly useful, happily embraced and widely affordable. Fortunately, that’s changing. Sight Tech Global is the first-of-its-kind global conference dedicated to advanced technology and the experts focused on improving the lives of the blind and visually impaired from companies like Amazon, Waymo, OrCam, Microsoft, and Humanware. Don’t miss this remarkable event. REGISTER HERE (https://sighttechglobal.com/conference-registration/) to book your FREE virtual seat, and feel free to reach out with any questions you may have by emailing us at [email protected].
For anyone in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Beep Baseball Practice tomorrow at 8:00am if you wanna get out. On my way from Corpus Christi, trying to ignore the fact that I’m spending 16 hours of my weekend on the road, but it’s Fort worth it, lol
Blinded Vet exposes Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts in Florida that kill 130 Pedestrians every year. www.pedestriansmatter.org, @PedestriansFl, @ACLUFL
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJRcT-oBZO8- the fun starts at 13min 55 sec this is an ongoing problem getting access to appropriate assistance for a blind person
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Arthur Cima MM, 13 Btn AIF - WW1 Englishman Arthur Cima was in Australia at the beginning of WW1 and signed up with the ANZAC forces. He served with distinction at Gallipoli. Later he was posted to the Western Front where he earned the Military Medal. At the Battle of Messines Ridge in July 1918 he was shot in the face with a 'Dum-dum' explosive bullet. His face was partially destroyed and he lost the sight of both eyes. Arthur's long term friendship with Adeline Giudotti turned to romance, they married and she nursed him after he was invalided out of the army. When he died in 1974 he left a box of personal papers to his neighbour Dennis Claridge and it is from those letters, postcards and documents that Dr Claridge has constructed Cima's life's story. The book 'Arthur and Adeline' is now available on Amazon. The story is the subject of an illustrated talk on Tuesday 26th May at 2.00pm. BST (London time) To join the Zoom Meeting click this link or copy & paste into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81526382399?pwd=VGptcWpLQVh4QW1taHA1bGFUNEQyZz09 Meeting ID: 815 2638 2399 Password: 149148 If you have not used Zoom previously we recommend clicking the link a few minutes before 2.00pm in order to have time to download a small app that enables Zoom to run on your device. (Due to copyright issues concerning some of the photos we are unable to record the talk for enjoying later on Youtube.
A blind veteran is looking to start a Blind Veteran Group jjust to meet and share in each others stories. If you know of anyone near the Marshfield MA area who would like to meet up and share in this group please let us know.