Blinded Veterans Send Aid to Vets Affected by Maria, Thank Donors Who Contributed to the Effort

(WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2017) -- The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), a national Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to meeting the needs of the approximately 130,000 blind and visually impaired veterans and their families nationwide, seeks to help the more than 2,000 such veterans currently living through the aftermath of one of the most devastating series of hurricanes in American history.

“As rains finally dissipate and floodwaters subside, many of our veterans find themselves lacking not only basic goods and services, but the specialized equipment they rely on to help them cope with their blindness,” said BVA Executive Director Al Avina. Avina said that when flood waters damaged or destroyed these veterans’ homes, they also took magnifiers, specially equipped computers, white canes, and other vital equipment that these veterans had to leave behind when they evacuated. Such items are hard to replace.

In order to help veterans cope with the loss of their equipment, BVA is sending boxes full of items including adaptive technology and basic daily necessities, along with thousands of dollars in gift cards, to VA medical centers in Puerto Rico so they can be distributed to blind and visually impaired veterans on the island. This shipment was made possible by generous contributions from LS&S Group LLC, of Buffalo, New York, which sells products for people with disabilities, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, BVA members, and supporters from around the country.

Mr. Avina said that BVA is thankful for the generosity of both individual members and businesses across the nation who contributed cash, clothing, and other items to help veterans impacted by the hurricanes this year. Earlier, BVA was able to send aid to thousands of veterans in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, and now, “with the help of so many caring people,” more supplies are being shipped to Puerto Rico to aid visually impaired veterans there.

Now in its 73rd year of service and chartered by the United States Congress, BVA was founded by a group of 100 World War II veterans blinded in combat. Its mission is the creation of opportunities for blinded veterans to help one another. The organization offers a wide range of services to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness. For more information about BVA and its services, call toll-free 800-669-7079 or visit