Advocacy

 

From BVA’s founding in 1945, the Association has been the national voice in advocating on behalf of the needs of blinded veterans. Fulfillment of this mission led to the creation of a network of VA Blind Rehabilitation Centers, the Vision Impairment Service Teams, and the Blind Outpatient Rehabilitation Specialists. All of these programs began and expanded as a result of BVA’s tireless advocacy.

BVA’s Director of Government Relations works closely with members and staff of the U.S. House and Senate, informing them of issues unique to blinded veterans and promoting specific bills that benefit both BVA’s blind and visually impaired constituency and all veterans throughout the country.

BVA has a proud history of the achievements of our advocacy since 1945. Click here to read more about how BVA's advocacy has improved VA care for blinded veterans.

Former BVA Director of Government Relations Glenn Minney Speaks  confers with Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-5), also a Member of the House VA Committee.
Former BVA Director of Government Relations Glenn Minney Speaks  confers with Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-5), also a Member of the House VA Committee.

Former BVA National President Mark Cornell Testifies Before Congress About Issues Facing Blinded Veterans

Former BVA National President Mark Cornell Testifies Before Congress About Issues Facing Blinded Veterans

Latest Testimony


On Tuesday, March 20, BVA’s national officers held a series of very productive meetings with members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, as well as members of the House Committee on Appropriations. We were pleased to see strong evidence of bipartisan support for an increase in appropriations for the Vision Research Program operated by DoD.

We were also heartened by the level of interest expressed by members from both sides of the aisle in addressing BVA’s other legislative priorities, such as increasing access to local transportation options, insuring greater compliance with Section 508 accessibility guidelines by the VA, and expansion of caregiver benefits to veterans of pre-9/11 conflicts. We are hopeful that some positive proposals will follow as a result of these meetings, so stay in touch for more information during the next few months.

Download our Testimony, in its entirety, below: