By becoming a BVA member, you are not only supporting our free programs for blinded veterans including:
- access to VA-certified Veteran Service Officers who assist blinded and vision-impaired veterans in navigating to and through services and benefits afforded them by virtue of their military service;
- invitations to participate in peer-guided and peer-partnered events where walking the walk and talking the talk with fellow blinded and vision-impaired veterans creates life-sustaining connections;
- opportunities to affiliate with local, regional, district and national veteran groups at social events, policy discussions, and advocacy efforts.
Who is Qualified
Any person who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States if he/she has sustained an impairment of sight or vision. The criteria for impairment is defined as central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual field restriction of no greater than 20 degrees or less in the better eye.
Types of Membership
Life and Associate Life Membership
Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision loss determined to be service-connected.
Associate Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision loss is not determined to be service-connected by the VA or DOD.
Dues: A lifelong membership with a one-time payment of $25.00. There are no other subsequent dues required.
Complimentary Honorary Life Membership (WWII)
BVA offers free Life Membership for any legally blind veteran that served during World War II (December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946). Honorary Members shall have no direct voice or vote of any kind in the affairs of the Association, but may submit suggestions or recommendations for the consideration of the Association and attend meetings. Qualified Honorary Members are eligible for appointment to The National Chaplain and National Sergeant-at-Arms by The National Board of Directors.
You can apply by downloading a fillable application (PDF or Word formats), print and insert check or money order
Blinded Veterans Association
1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
NOTE: Please submit a letter from a certifying official affirming legal blindness. You may request assistance in obtaining the letter from a VA VIST Coordinator by utilizing VA Form 10-5345 Request for and Authorization to Release Health Information to a non-VA (or third-party) individual or organization. You may also contact us via email: email@example.com, or via telephone: (800) 669-7079 x 315 for assistance.