To our valued members, volunteers, staff, friends, and partners:

Another year has swiftly passed, bringing us to the brink of a new year, a year that will bring significant challenges to which we will, no doubt, rise above. This year has offered solid proof that, despite the enormity of the challenges facing us due to the global pandemic, we are resilient and will remain so. I echo what the optimists continue to say: We will get through this.

We hope that you and your family members are healthy and have found ways to persevere and make the most of this time during the pandemic. The holidays will likely look different for all of us this year. However, no matter what, late December will most definitely be a time to feel extra grateful for family and friends, even if we are only connecting virtually.

During this special season, the lives of millions of Americans will be filled with the spirit of giving, the importance of family and friends, and a sense of healing, renewal, and new opportunity. That spirit lives year-round within our Blinded Veterans Association family throughout every corner of the country.

Although it may be a little more difficult this year to keep up with our usual celebrations and traditions, there are some things we can do to take care of ourselves and those we love that are both needed and still very much in keeping with the holiday spirit. Such activities may include additional physical and emotional rest, reflecting on our priorities and what really matters to us, learning some new skill, or sampling a food dish or two totally new to the family.

The holiday season takes on added meaning for all Americans, and none more so than for the men and women who currently serve in the military away from home. We know that holidays are especially tough for their families. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

To our loyal friends and partners, a huge thank you for contributing to our accomplishments during 2020. Nothing would be possible without you, our community. We rely on our network of dedicated donors, advocates, families, and friends to fuel our progress as an organization and ensure a Happy New Year for the blind and visually impaired veterans we serve. We look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship with you in 2021.

To our members, Board of Directors, regional group leaders, and staff, thank you for being part of this dynamic organization. You are truly inspirational!

So, in keeping with the spirit of the season, I reflect and express my pride and gratitude for those I have the honor and privilege of serving—the people who make the mission and values of the Blinded Veterans Association a reality, our members and their families. I equally express the same pride and sincere gratitude to our loyal volunteers, staff, friends, and partners that sustain us in so many ways. I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Blessed Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.

May these days be filled with joy, peace, and hope for the New Year! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

With sincere gratitude,

Donald D. Overton, Jr.

P.S. If you haven’t already made your end-of-year donation, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Blinded Veterans Association today. Your support helps thousands of our nation’s blinded veterans overcome life’s challenges after vision loss.