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Netflix Limited Series Now Available for Viewing

All the Light We Cannot See, an American drama limited series developed for Netflix, was released November 2. The four part-series, based on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning, best-seller novel that carries the same name, follows the stories of two teenagers—a blind French girl named Marie-Laure and a German soldier named Werner—whose paths cross in enemy-occupied France during World War II.  The story behind All the Light We Cannot See has the blind Marie-Laure Leblanc […]

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VA’s MVP Achieves Milestone Goal

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) of VA is now one million veterans strong, marking a historic milestone in a journey that took several years. The achievement will have a profound impact on veteran health care in the future as VA conducts lifesaving, groundbreaking research based on data already collected from enrollees.  BVA National Headquarters thanks members of the BVA community who were open to learning more about MVP and eventually joining the program using one […]

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All World War II Veterans Now Eligible for VA Health Care

VA has announced that all veterans of World War II are now eligible for no-cost VA inpatient and outpatient health care, which includes all medical services. The expansion of the care will include those who served between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, regardless of their length of service or financial status. An early release of the information on November 9 implied erroneously that World War II veterans were automatically eligible for nursing home […]

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Doggie Treats to Highlight Tuesday Pre-Thanksgiving Dog Handler Session

All past, present, and future dog handlers among BVA’s blind and low vision veterans are encouraged to join this Tuesday’s (November 21) session via Zoom at 4:00pm Eastern Time. The session’s proposed agenda includes a unique twist—a Thanksgiving discussion on homemade dog treats! The meeting is open to all veterans with sight loss who are interested in topics and issues associated with guide dogs.  Attendance at previous meetings is not required to join and participate. […]

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Active GRG Atlanta BVA Chapter Stays Busy Serving and Giving

Members of the Atlanta Chapter of the BVA Georgia Regional Group proactively serve others rather than wait for others to help them, continually extending themselves the past few months to remain active in their urban community.  Back on June 24, the Chapter completed its spring sock drive for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS), which serves homeless veterans and those at risk for homelessness as one of its most important functions. Bravid Harris, the […]

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Blinded Veterans Celebrating All Veterans  

BVA National Headquarters represented blind and low vision veterans throughout the country with the presentation of an organizational wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day. The effort complemented similar Veterans Day activities of blinded veterans and their families in their communities and regional groups.  With representatives of approximately 40 other VSOs looking on and all eventually presenting a similar wreath, the symbolic gesture paying tribute to all veterans capped […]

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Thanksgiving Greeting and Best Wishes from National Chaplain

By Chaplain Kennith Harvey Happy Thanksgiving to Blinded Veterans Association leaders, members, families, and the patriots who have supported and befriended this unique body of our nation’s veterans.  Ask and you shall receive the blessings of God. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and the accompanying festivities, we are reminded that this is a time of giving and that the “thanks” is accompanied and surrounded by giving. Our Father simply wants active military, veterans, and […]

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On Thanksgiving Day, No Place Like Home—or the Military Dining Facility

Perhaps no other U.S. demographic can appreciate the Thanksgiving holiday as much as our nation’s veterans who have spent many a Thanksgiving far from family, friends, and football. Despite that premise, the Military has never ignored or disregarded Thanksgiving, not since the Civil War at least, and going back even further in many cases.  And, while culinary accomplishments of the Military are not typically associated with gourmet fare, the provisions themselves and the cooking performances […]

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BVA Happenings – November 9 

A Veterans Day Message from BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr.  Veterans Day is a special day for all of us who have served our country on the battlefield. It is special to us also because of our affiliation with the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA).   No matter where I am each year on this day, I always contemplate the service and the sobering sacrifices of the veterans I have known personally. Last year, I […]

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Illinois BVA Member Now 109 Years Young, Louisiana-Mississippi Member Now 104

BVA National Headquarters joins the Illinois Regional Group in sending congratulations and best wishes to Navy veteran Eugene J. Baltes of River Forest, Illinois, on still another milestone birthday last Sunday. The regional group expresses gratitude for his service, longevity, and desire to affiliate with BVA. Gene was born on October 29, 1914, making this recent birthday his 109th. Although not surprising, it is still noteworthy that Gene is the oldest BVA member not only […]