Blinded Veterans To Present Annual Congressional Testimony

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) National President Dale Stamper will join representatives of seven other Military and Veterans Service Organizations at the witness table at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees scheduled for March 22 in the Nation’s Capital.

The annual hearing, originating this year from Room 50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, will be streamed live at beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Stamper and officials from the Jewish War Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization, The Enlisted Association, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Military Officers Association of America will each outline their respective organizations’ legislative priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Their oral testimony will be limited to approximately five minutes.

A question and answer session moderated by Committee Chairmen Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Phil Roe (R-TN) and Ranking Members Jon Tester (D-MT) and Tim Walz (D-MN) will follow the oral remarks.

In addition, each participating organization submitted in advance for the Congressional Record a much longer and detailed written testimony document that will be accessible at soon after the hearing.

Already in town for the Association’s annual early spring meetings, the National Board of Directors will also attend the hearing.

Priorities for national legislation included in this year’s BVA testimony are the modernization of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) information technology and communications infrastructures to become more accessible to veterans with vision loss. Also included is a request for improved access to information about prescription drugs for blinded veterans; funding for research into the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of penetrating eye blast injuries; and greater oversight of efforts to more fully establish the joint VA-Department of Defense Vision Center of Excellence.

Now in its 72nd year of service, BVA is the only Veterans Service Organization chartered by the U.S. Congress (1958) to represent the needs of blind and visually veterans. For more information about BVA and its services, call toll-free 800-669-7079 or visit