BVA History

BVA traces its roots back to the end of World War II. The organization’s founders consisted of some 100 young men, mostly in their early 20s. Members of this unique group had recently lost their sight in the war and were recovering from their injuries at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital near Avon, Connecticut.

On March 28, 1945, the group held a meeting at the facility with the express purpose of forming an organization to help their fellow blinded veterans. Thirteen years later, BVA was chartered by the 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.

Throughout BVA’s history, Congress and the now Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly the Veterans Administration) have recognized BVA as the exclusive voice for blinded veterans nationwide. Read more about BVA's historical achievements in advocating for blinded veterans and ensuring the VA delivers the services they need.


BVA's Bylaws, which outline the operating practices of the organization, have been regularly updated by votes of the membership during National Convention. The most recent version of the Bylaws can be read here.

BVA Charter

BVA's Congressional Charter was granted by Congress in 1958. It has been updated several times since then. The full text of the Charter can be found here on the US Code website. You can read more about the history of the BVA Charter and download a copy here.