BVA Saddened by Passing of Roy Young


The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) National Headquarters and its membership throughout the country today mourn the passing on February 19 of former BVA National Treasurer, Director of District 6, and Greater Houston Regional Group President Roy E. Young following an extended illness.

A Vietnam era veteran with vision loss due to both diabetes and the advanced stages of glaucoma, Roy became a member of the National Board of Directors in 2008 at the 63rd National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, having been appointed first as an Interim District Director and then being elected by the blinded veterans of District 6.

At that same convention he was awarded both the Melvin J. Maas Award for Professional Achievement and the Irving Diener Award, the only blinded veteran in BVA history to receive both awards at the same time.

Roy served on the Board for five years until stepping down for health reasons in 2013. In 2012, under the direction of Roy and his wife, Annette, the Greater Houston Regional Group organized many of the activities associated with the 67th National Convention in the City of Galveston, Texas. Roy also helped generate much of the enthusiasm among the BVA membership to hold the convention in Galveston.

Prior to his service nationally and as president of his regional group, Roy fulfilled a number of other regional group and volunteer responsibilities. As a new member of the group, he told his fellow blinded veterans that he had made a promise both to himself and to God that he would forever make himself available to serve his fellow blinded veterans no matter the cost.

Roy was known for his almost unlimited energy, dedication, and creativity in organizing local activities in the Houston area that attracted positive image and extensive media coverage for BVA. He made a special effort to reach out to recently blinded veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).