Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans Association In 1945, a group of veterans blinded during World War II came together to form the BVA. Today we serve all veterans who are blind and visually impaired, by helping them with VA claims, blind rehab, and finding employment when they are ready.
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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 worked to accomplish the mission expressed in our Congressional Charter. To enhance employment opportunities, assist in procuring benefits offered by public and private agencies and provide educational information and scholarships.

Mission: Our Mission... "To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world." "To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another." "To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the constitution and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside." If you are a blind or visually impaired veteran, if you are a relative or a friend or if you just want to get involved, write, email or give us a call. We are the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. We are here to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness. More information can be found at bva.org

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38 years ago today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund  . On this special...
11/13/2020

38 years ago today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund . On this special day, BVA also extends its sincere thanks to the members of our organization who sacrificed so much.

To learn more about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial visit: https://bva.org/bva-recognizes-vietnam-veterans-memorial-anniversary/

[Image Description: Background is a close up of the wall of names, copy reads “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary; thank you to all Vietnam Veterans who sacrificed so much, and a special thanks to our Vietnam era members”.]

Happy #VeteransDay to all of our nations veterans! We are incredibly thankful for the sacrifices you gave. Today we hono...
11/11/2020

Happy #VeteransDay to all of our nations veterans! We are incredibly thankful for the sacrifices you gave. Today we honor, remember, and renew our commitments to these brave men and women.

Read a message from BVA Executive Director: https://mailchi.mp/50b0f629d61a/bva-veterans-day-2020-message

[Image Description: Top half is a group photo of the four women blinded veterans who hiked the Appalachian trail in May 2020. In the middle of the group photo is a veteran with his bagpipes. The bottom half of the photo is a blue background with white text that says "Happy Veterans Day 2020"

Today, we honor all #veterans and the next generation caregivers who care for families with disabilities. In @SkyBlossom...
11/11/2020

Today, we honor all #veterans and the next generation caregivers who care for families with disabilities. In @SkyBlossomFilms, we salute them and tell their stories. Limited Tickets: http://bit.ly/SkyBlossomTickets #VeteransDay Richard Lui

[Image Description : A photo from behind of three people people, the middle person has her arms around the other two. They are sitting on a pier looking out over the water. At the top is the Sky Blossom logo and text: "Diaries of the next greatest generation".]

Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! [Image Description: A line of Marines in their dress blues, standing in a...
11/10/2020

Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

[Image Description: A line of Marines in their dress blues, standing in a line at attention on the right facing a single marine on the left. A large plane is flying over them.]

BVA is the host organization at this year’s Annual #VeteransDay Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery . ...
11/10/2020

BVA is the host organization at this year’s Annual #VeteransDay Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony will be a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that doesn't mean you can't still watch the ceremony from the comfort of your home. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 11 AM EDT at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25131 or on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs page.

[Image Description: On the left half is this years flyer. The flyer depicts silhouettes of veterans of different ages helping one another up a mountain with the sunset behind them. Text says "Veterans Day November 11, 2020. Honoring all who served. www.va.gov." The bottom left is the Department of Veterans Affairs seal and the bottom right is the Veterans Day National Committee Seal. On the right half of the photo is a white background with text: "11.11.2020 at 11 AM EDT. Watch the 67th Annual Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony". At the bottom is the BVA 75th Logo.]

ONE NIGHT ONLY @SkyBlossomFilms - A raw, uplifting film salute to today’s children and millenials who are caring for fam...
11/09/2020

ONE NIGHT ONLY @SkyBlossomFilms - A raw, uplifting film salute to today’s children and millenials who are caring for family with disabilities. In select theaters in all 50 states on #VeteransDay 11/11 #SkyBlossom Richard Lui . LEARN MORE: SkyBlossom.com

[Image Description: A young caregiver helping her father walk, they are outside at night and there is a cityscape behind them. The upper left corner has the Sky Blossom logo. There is text overlay: "I want to be there for Pop-pop"]

This week kicks off #NationalVeteransSmallBusinessWeek. Do you own a business? Let us know in the comments so other peop...
11/08/2020

This week kicks off #NationalVeteransSmallBusinessWeek. Do you own a business? Let us know in the comments so other people can support you! #VeteransDay #VeteransDay2020

[Image Description: On the right-hand side is a picture of BVA Member Doris Jones (Center), who owns and operates her own food Deli, with her staff. On the left is a mauve colored background with text "National Veterans Small Business Week"]

11/06/2020
The United States Army Band

Join The United States Army Band today at 4 PM EDT for a live concert featuring U.S. Army voices as they celebrate #VeteransDay. The concert will be live on Facebook, the event is linked below. U.S. Army #VeteransDay2020

[Image Description: Background photo is taken over the shoulder of a young soldier or veteran talking with a World War 2 veteran who is laughing. The text says: "Veterans Day Salute to Veterans. United We Stand | Music to Connect Us". The lower right-hand corner has the U.S. Army Band Pershing's Own Logo.]

Salute to Veterans

This Veterans Day, we honor those who served. Those who answered our nation's call. Those who defend our families, our neighbors, and the American way of life.

Join The U.S. Army Voices and The United States Army Band Downrange for a program of popular music by Teresa Brewer, The Animals, Gavin DeGraw, and more, in celebration of our veterans.

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► ARMY OPPORTUNITIES: https://goarmy.com

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The world premiere of @SkyBlossomFilms is on #VeteransDay2020 (11/11). It's a powerful documentary on how our next gener...
11/04/2020
Diares of the next greatest generation | Sky Blossom

The world premiere of @SkyBlossomFilms is on #VeteransDay2020 (11/11). It's a powerful documentary on how our next generation gives care to military family members with disabilities. LEARN MORE: http://bit.ly/SkyBlossomFilms #SkyBlossom, Directed by Richard Lui.

[Image Description: White background with a blue simple sketch of a person parachuting, blue text states"Sky Blossom, diaries of the next greatest generation"]

Learn more about Sky Blossom, a documentary about young caregivers quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.

In honor of #VeteransDay2020, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding ...
11/03/2020

In honor of #VeteransDay2020, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a "Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute" Campaign so that #NoVeteranEverDies. Find your loved one at https://www.va.gov/remember and post a tribute!

[Image Description: Blue background, in the upper left-hand corner are alternating red and white stripes with stars. The text says "Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute, Visit: https://www.va.gov/remember, Millions of Veterans, Millions of Stories." Below the text are the seals for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, United States Air Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard.]

Make a tribute to your loved one this November during NCA’s “Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute” Campaign. It’s your way to remind the world that #NoVeteranEverDies. Find your loved at https://www.va.gov/remember. If your Veteran is not in a National Cemetery we still invite you to share a tribute or story! #HonoringVets #MillionsofVeteransMillionsofStories

#VeteransDay2020 might look different this year but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate and honor veterans.  The...
11/02/2020
Organizations offer national-level 2020 Veterans Day virtual events - VAntage Point

#VeteransDay2020 might look different this year but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate and honor veterans. There are many #virtual events taking place that you can take part in. https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/80496/organizations-offer-national-level-veterans-day-virtual-events/

[Image Description: On the left is text "Veterans Day 2020 Virtual Events", on the right is a smartphone with two different group pictures on top and bottom.]

Several national level organizations are hosting 2020 Veterans Day virtual events Nov. 11 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Department of the Interior announced yesterday that the Trump Administration granted permanent free access to Natio...
10/30/2020

U.S. Department of the Interior announced yesterday that the Trump Administration granted permanent free access to National Parks, Refuges, and Public Lands beginning on #VeteransDay2020 for all veterans and Gold Star Families!

Read more here: https://bva.org/veterans-gold-star-families-granted-permanent-free-access-to-national-parks-refuges-public-lands/

[Image Description: Background photo is a photo of the Grand Canyon and text states: "Veterans and Gold Star Families granted free access to National Parks"]

10/28/2020
What The White Cane Means To Me - YouTube

This year, BVA was represented at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs #WhiteCaneDay2020 virtual celebration. Below is the video that was played during the event showcasing how important the white cane is to visually impaired and blind people everywhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_a7zXYtEs8&feature=youtu.be

The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System hosted its 16th Annual White Cane Day celebration on October 15, 2020. White C...

Today is #nationaldayofthedeployed; a day to honor our deployed troops and their families for their bravery and sacrific...
10/26/2020

Today is #nationaldayofthedeployed; a day to honor our deployed troops and their families for their bravery and sacrifice. There's a lot you can do to offer your support, today and every other day. You can send care packages to our troops, help their families with friendship and support, donate to military or veteran service organizations (like BVA), and much more.

[Image Description: the silhouette of two soldiers, one standing on the left side and one kneeling on the right, looking into the sunset. Text says "Day of the Deployed; honoring those who are currently deployed and their families"]

BVA exists to help blind veterans like Ken Horn reclaim their independence thanks to our generous donors. Help us contin...
10/23/2020
Help Blinded Veterans Rise to the Challenge of Vision Loss!

BVA exists to help blind veterans like Ken Horn reclaim their independence thanks to our generous donors. Help us continue our work by donating today!

https://bva.networkforgood.com/projects/104022-blinded-veterans-rise-to-the-challenge

[Image Description: Left hand side is a photo of Ken Horn after a hike and on the right hand side is a photo of Ken Horn holding a fish he caught.]

Support Operation Peer Support Today! For much of his 24-year Army career that included operational assignments in Air Defense Artillery and Airborne Joint Readiness, Lieutenant Colonel Kennan “Ken” Horn (U.S. Army, Ret.) knew that something was not right with his peripheral vision, e...

Introducing the October 2020 BVA Women Veterans Group Member of the Month, Laurie Cutlip! To learn about the accomplishm...
10/21/2020

Introducing the October 2020 BVA Women Veterans Group Member of the Month, Laurie Cutlip! To learn about the accomplishments of Ms. Cutlip visit, https://bva.org/laurie-cutlip-honored-as-womens-veteran-for-the-month-of-october/

[Image Description: There is a blue background, on the left hand side is a photo of Laurie Cutlip, in the lower right hand corner is a read circle with text "BVA Women Veterans Group Member of the Month Laurie Cutlip."]

BVA Members of the Louisiana-Mississippi Regional Group donated a Bronze Braille Flag to the Lafayette, LA VA Community ...
10/19/2020
BVA Regional Group Donates Braille Flag to Louisiana VA Clinic – Blinded Veterans Association

BVA Members of the Louisiana-Mississippi Regional Group donated a Bronze Braille Flag to the Lafayette, LA VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. To read more about this great event, visit https://bva.org/bva-regional-group-donates-braille-flag-to-louisiana-va-clinic/

[Image Description: A close up photo of a Bronze Braille Flag]

BVA Regional Group Donates Braille Flag to Louisiana VA Clinic October 16, 2020October 16, 2020 Unconstrained by a pandemic and the effects of last weekend’s Hurricane Delta all around them, longtime Louisiana-Mississippi Regional Group members Gary Schoelerman and Darrel Stoute ventured out on Wh...

Did you miss our Educational Session featuring Dr. Glenn C. Cockerham from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and speci...
10/17/2020

Did you miss our Educational Session featuring Dr. Glenn C. Cockerham from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and special presentation from En-Vision America, Inc. on October 15? Check it out on our YouTube channel!

https://youtu.be/4IAeHRYkN4Y

[Image Description: The BVA logo at the top, below that is text "BVA Presents, Glenn C. Cockerham, MD. Department of Veterans Affairs National Program Director Ophthalmology Services. Webinar includes special presentation by En-Vision America." Below the text are the logos of all of the sponsors.

Mark your calendars! Join U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Elizabeth Dole Foundation at the 5th Annual National V...
10/16/2020

Mark your calendars! Join U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Elizabeth Dole Foundation at the 5th Annual National Virtual Convening, Caregivers at the Forefront on Monday, October 19 from 1 to 4:30 PM EDT. Follow the link below for more information.

https://bva.org/caregivers-nationwide-to-gather-monday-in-virtual-meetings/

[Image Description: Background is two people holding hands in a caring way. Foreground text states "Caregivers Nationwide to Gather Monday in Virtual Meetings"]

#WhiteCaneDay acknowledges the abilities of those who are blind and promotes equal opportunity. The white cane symbolize...
10/15/2020

#WhiteCaneDay acknowledges the abilities of those who are blind and promotes equal opportunity. The white cane symbolizes the ability of the blind and visually impaired to live and work independent lives. Our goal at BVA is to ensure that ALL blinded veterans are able to live independent lives while giving back to their communities.

[Image Description: From left to right, Congressman Chris Pappas, BVA Secretary Danny Wallace, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, BVA Executive Director Donald Overton, and Blind Veterans UK Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Renata Gomes. Danny Wallace and Donald Overton are both proudly holding their White Canes.

Don't miss out! Today at 12:30 PM EDT, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Glenn C. Cockerham, MD, National Program ...
10/15/2020

Don't miss out! Today at 12:30 PM EDT, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Glenn C. Cockerham, MD, National Program Director of Ophthalmology Services will be discussing VA's Ophthalmology services.

En-Vision America, Inc. will also be presenting after Dr. Cockerham.

https://bva.org/va-director-of-ophthalmology-services-to.../

[Image Description: At the top is the Blinded Veterans Association Logo, beneath that is the text "BVA Presents" below that is "Glenn C. Cockerham, MD. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Program Director, Ophthalmology Services." Below that is the date "October 15, 12:30-1:30 PM EDT" Below the date is text "Webinar Includes Special Presentation by En-Vision America." Below all of the text are the logos of all of our sponsors.]

Join us this Thursday, October 15 for a special educational session with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Glenn C...
10/13/2020
VA Director of Ophthalmology Services to Address BVA Virtual Session – Blinded Veterans Association

Join us this Thursday, October 15 for a special educational session with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Glenn C. Cockerham, MD, National Program Director of Ophthalmology Services to learn more about VA's Ophthalmology services.

En-Vision America, Inc.. will also be presenting after Dr. Cockerham.

https://bva.org/va-director-of-ophthalmology-services-to.../

[Image Description: At the top is the Blinded Veterans Association Logo, beneath that is the text "BVA Presents" below that is "Glenn C. Cockerham, MD. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Program Director, Ophthalmology Services." Below that is the date "October 15, 12:30-1:30 PM EDT" Below the date is text "Webinar Includes Special Presentation by En-Vision America." Below all of the text are the logos of all of our sponsors.]

VA Director of Ophthalmology Services to Address BVA Virtual Session October 8, 2020October 8, 2020 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Program Director of Ophthalmology Services Glenn C. Cockerham, MD will speak at a Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) webinar October 15, National White Can...

BVA's Government Relations Team developed a step-by-step guide to voting in the upcoming November 3 elections. Follow th...
10/10/2020

BVA's Government Relations Team developed a step-by-step guide to voting in the upcoming November 3 elections. Follow the link below for the guide and make sure your voice is heard in November. https://buff.ly/3nBupEY

#Vote #elections #registertovote

[Image Description: Background is many loose "I Voted" stickers and text overlay states, "BVA 2020 Voting Guide"]

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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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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].
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Blinded Vet exposes Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts in Florida that kill 130 Pedestrians every year. www.pedestriansmatter.org, @PedestriansFl, @ACLUFL
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Dear BVA Members: I moved to Sarasota as a Disabled Veteran in 1993 after serving 12 years of Active Duty. I believe the County, State, and Federal Government are abusing the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). I also believe this ADA Fraud has resulted in the deaths of several people. This ADA Fraud may be invisible to the average person. Just as, many Disabilities are Invisible. I am talking about the abuse of the ADA on our sidewalks. Pedestrian Safety is a Civil Right. The abuse of this Civil Right is Unlawful. Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, Alexis, Sophia, and my Neighbor's dog "Charlie" were all killed by this violation of our Civil Rights. Unfortunately, I have never been able to find a Non Profit willing to help. This is disappointing, why won't any organizations help. I am hoping individual members are willing to get involved. Why does a Blinded Veteran need to explain how it is wrong to obstruct our sidewalks or place Wheelchair Curb Cuts in dangerous locations? These Non Profits take in a lot of money but the only thing they seam to do is post stuff on their Social Media. But I still believe in the People. So lets do something. The BVA may not be able to help as an organization, but individual members can help by filing ADA Fraud Complaints and contacting our Legislators. In Memory of Jessica, Lillia, Isabel, Alexis, Sophia, and the many others killed in our Nations Fake Crosswalks installed because of ADA Fraud. https://www.pedestriansmatter.org Jeff Redding Sarasota, Florida 941-227-6965 Pedestrian Safety Advocate Lifetime Member, Blinded Veterans of America