Contact Us

You may contact any BVA National Officer or Staff Member by addressing your email correspondence to that individual using the links below, or send a message to bva@bva.org for our general mailbox. You can also call BVA toll-free at 800-669-7079 and leave a message for the person you wish to speak with on the BVA automated voicemail system. To speak to a Field Service Officer, contact our Field Service Hotline toll free at 844-250-5180 or emal fieldservice@bva.org. You can also send a fax to 202-371-8258.

BVA Headquarters Staff


Executive Director


Administrative Director

Brigitte Jones

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 330

Blind Hockey Program Director

Bruce Porter

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 332

Membership Manager

Cecelia Montenegro

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 315

Communications Specialist

Chet Curtis

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 316

Convention Coordinator/Legislative Research Specialist

Dawn Jakutowicz

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 313

Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Ruais

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 317

Executive Assistant & Human Resources Specialist

Krissi Spence-Gilbert

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 323

Administrative Assistant to Administrative Director

Lindsay Ruais

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 319

Director of Public Affairs

Melanie Brunson

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 305

Development And Website/Social Media Specialist

Rushil Rahman

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 325

Membership Assistant


Bookkeeper

Yvonne Preston

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 324


National Field Service Director

Edward Eckroth

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 322

National Veterans Service Officer

Claudia Belk

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 336

National Veterans Claims Representative

Assia Khadri

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 335

Training Specialist


National Veterans Claims Representative

James Lewiski

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 334

Senior Appeals Officer

Judy Eckroth

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 318

National Veterans Benefits Officer

Patrick Johnson

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 333

National Veterans Service Officer