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A Thanksgiving Message from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

“Like many of you, I have often felt overwhelmed by the challenges and hardships that have confronted us the past two years during this unprecedented worldwide pandemic. As a way of lifting that burden somewhat, I find myself reflecting on the things in life for which I personally feel profound gratitude, especially as we approach the holiday season and this week as we gather around our tables to enjoy what I hope will be a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for all of us.”

Overton Puts Spotlight on BVA during Washington, DC Area Newscast

BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr. appeared with television news anchor Ashlie Rodriguez of local ABC affiliate WJLA-7 in an inspiring television news segment highlighting several unique accomplishments and activities of America’s veterans with vision loss. The report, which aired November 8 as part of the Arlington, Virginia station’s month-long focus on veterans, also featured BVA’s role in assisting blinded veterans to lead successful and productive lives following the onset of blindness.

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A Thanksgiving Message from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

Thanksgiving Greetings, Blinded Veterans Association Members and Friends! Like many of you, I have often felt overwhelmed by the challenges and hardships that have confronted us the past two years during this unprecedented worldwide pandemic. As a way of lifting that burden somewhat, I find myself reflecting on the things in life for which I personally feel profound gratitude, especially as we approach the holiday season and this week as we gather around our tables

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A Veterans Day Message from BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr.

On this Veterans Day, we honor and remember the men and women who have worn the uniform of our great nation, Americans who at critical moments stepped forward and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Veterans Day is a vitally significant day. It is a day to speak up for those who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans – a

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Bagpiper Dave Barrett Shares Unique Talent, Offers all Proceeds and Benefits to BVA

BVA member, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, and law enforcement veteran Dave Barrett of Haymarket, Virginia (Mid-Atlantic Regional Group) was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in 2015. His grandfather had RP, so the diagnosis was not a total surprise to him. Even so, Dave has faced all of the same challenges as he adjusts to vision loss. Dave continues to work at his federal government civilian day job with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the

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BVA Recognizes World Sight Day, Urges Member Action to Increase CVC

Today, World Sight Day 2021, please consider helping the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) urge members of Congress to join the Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC). The CVC is a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of Representatives and Senators who recognize the need to strengthen policies around vision and eye health services. Over the years, the membership of the Caucus has dwindled, leaving the vision and eye community with fewer champions on vision and eye health. With more than

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