79th National Convention Digital Program Now Available


The Digital Program for the 79th National Convention is now available. Click (PDF) or (DOC) to view the respective version.

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Blinded Veterans Association Expands Criteria for Organization Membership

Any person having honorably served, or currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, qualifying for Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Service is now eligible for membership in BVA…


Overcoming Adversity
Instead of giving in and giving up, Jeanie sought out something...
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“Failure is not being knocked down. Failure is staying down.”
Matthew had an insight that got him started...
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A Veterans Day Tribute
Enrique's shock of knowing he was losing his sight was painful...
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A Hero of the Greatest Generation
It didn't take long for Bob to start over...
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Helping Others to Achieve
Brian felt lost, alone, and didn’t know what to do next…
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One Vision, One Team, One Fight
Lonnie's strength and joy come from those who haven’t yet experienced...
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A Shining Light of Inspiration
Paul continually guides his colleagues out of the darkness and into the light...
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Rising to the Challenge
Ken epitomizes BVA’s mission...
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Gaining New Vision
Steve found purpose and fulfillment in life again...
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Living the Army Values
Eric inspires his fellow blinded veterans...
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Never Leaving Anyone Behind
Monaca champions women veterans initiatives via her...
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Happy Independence Day 2024 from the Blinded Veterans Association

Another Independence Day is upon us, a holiday that I look forward to more than any other! I enjoy the summer reunions with family and friends, and the many festivities that go along with this special day in our nation’s history. This year I have the privilege of spending the holiday in Jacksonville, Florida, as we prepare for BVA’s 79th National Convention, which kicks off this coming weekend. I consider Independence Day, or the Fourth

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VA Aims to Expand and Improve Suicide Prevention Strategies

Through cooperative agreements to better publicize veteran suicide prevention strategies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week $10 million in new funding and technical assistance for eligible states, territories, and Tribal governments to establish, coordinate, and manage suicide mortality review committees. For more information on the funding, click on the button below. The committees identify and characterize suicide deaths, bringing about an increase in understanding of suicide in a given local community, identification

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Highlight July 16 on Your Calendar for Next Dog Handlers Meeting

Join the virtual meeting of the Dog Handlers Outreach Program scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, at 4:00pm Eastern Time via Zoom as attendees recap the BVA 79th National Convention. Plans for other activities, including a guest speaker, are also in the works by Program Chair Michaun Harrison and will be announced as the date approaches. Although the meeting is still three weeks away, the button below and additional joining information here will serve as your

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Breaking the Barriers to Successful Healing from PTSD

During this Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month (June), Dr. Debra Atkisson, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Connections Wellness Group, discusses how trauma has no boundaries. She also names several treatment offerings available to those affected by trauma. Trauma knows no boundaries, but you’re not alone in your fight for healing By Dr. Debra Atkisson June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, an opportunity to increase public understanding about a mental health condition

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