Who Is Qualified?
Any person having been, or being, in the Armed Forces of the United States shall be eligible if he/she has sustained an impairment of sight or vision, which is defined as Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a Visual field restriction of no greater than 20 degrees or less in the better eye.
Types of BVA Membership:
Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is determined to be service-connected (In the line of Duty) by the VA or DOD
Associate Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is not determined to be service-connected (not Incurred in the line of Duty) by the VA or DOD
A lifelong membership with a one-time payment as shown below.
If you are a veteran that is:
66 years old and older: $50.00
61 years - 65 years: $63.00
55 years - 60 years: $75.00
45 years - 54 years: $88.00
44 years old or younger: $100.00
Life and Associate Life applicants have the option to make a $25.00 initial payment and two years to pay the balance of their Life Membership rate.
$15.00 Annual Dues
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP (WWII):
BVA offers free Life Membership for any legally blind veteran that served during World War II (December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946). Honorary Members shall have no direct voice or vote of any kind in the affairs of the Association, but may submit suggestions or recommendations for the consideration of the Association and attend meetings. Qualified Honorary Members are eligible for appointment to The National Chaplain and National Sergeant-at-Arms by The National Board of Directors.