BVA Featured in ACB Podcast

BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr. was interviewed earlier this week by the American Council of the Blind’s Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal in a podcast episode entitled Advocacy Update. Don addressed BVA’s peer support network and BVA’s advocacy initiatives. The second half of the program featured Tyson Ernst, Acting President of Visually Impaired Veterans of America, a veterans affiliate of ACB. To listen to the program via your favorite podcast player or online, […]

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 stepped forward and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Veterans Day is an important day. It is a day to speak up for those who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans – a day to remember and […]

VA Launches November Campaign to Memorialize Veterans

Increasing awareness of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) is the focus of a new campaign of the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) during the month of November. The campaign, entitled “Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute,” encourages visitors to the VLM website to locate a veteran on the site who has been buried in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery and to post a tribute on a page that has been created for that […]

BVA Members Highlighted in USA Today Special Edition Feature

A USA Today Veterans Day special edition, published annually, has included a feature story in this year’s issue on blinded veterans and their current challenges and opportunities in adjusting to life with vision loss. The article, composed by freelance writer Matt Alderton, touches on issues such as recovery, rehabilitation and training, education and career planning, relationships, legislation, technology, and guide dogs. BVA Executive Director Donald Overton, former BVA National President David Szumowski (San Diego Regional […]

Veterans Day Free Meals, Other Deals, Still Offered During Pandemic

Although the coronavirus pandemic has affected the rules, offerings, and gatherings at national restaurant chains for Veterans Day 2020, a number of free food and discount opportunities are still available to blinded veterans and their families. Most of the free meals and other deals to celebrate veterans and their service are for dine-in patrons only, but a few chains are exercising even greater flexibility than usual. At one establishment, for example, free meal and beverage […]