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BVA Annual Testimony Slated for March 8

BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr. will orally present BVA’s current legislative priorities at a joint session of the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs. The hearing, which will also include presentations by a handful of other Veterans Service Organizations, is scheduled for 10:00am on Thursday, March 8, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Members of the BVA Board of Directors will also visit Congressional offices in the days leading up to […]

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Caregiver Program to Address Spirituality and Lifestyle Change

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) and National VA Chaplain Service will host their next monthly spirituality call next Friday, February 3, at noon Eastern Time. The topic on the call will be Spirituality and Lifestyle Change. The call is open to all caregivers of veterans enrolled in the Program of General Caregiver Support Services or the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The meeting call-in number is 1-833-558-0712 with […]

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Next Week’s VetTech To Feature Vispero

Director of Special Initiatives Tim Hornik will return as the host and moderator this coming Wednesday, February 1, at 2:00pm Eastern Time as Vispero’s Liz Whitaker, Product Manager, Education and Research, discusses with our tech enthusiasts the key components of a website and optimizing web navigation by leveraging Fusion and JAWS. A February 2 VetTech Talk session the following day, also beginning at 2:00pm, will recap Liz’s presentation followed by an informal discussion and a […]

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BVA Board Appoints New District 3 Director

Douglas Ingram, Florida Regional Group, has been appointed by the Blinded Veterans Association to serve as the Director of District 3, effective January 25. Accepting the appointment, he will serve out the remainder of the three-year term of office, which began last summer.  Doug was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Naval Air Station Hospital. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he resides still today. He joined the Navy in 1977 immediately out […]

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BVA Women Veterans Group to Resume Virtual Meetings

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) invites you to next week’s virtual meeting of the organization’s Women Veterans Group. The Thursday, January 26, meeting via Zoom beginning at 6:00pm Eastern Time is open to all female blinded veterans. The discussion is not limited to a specific group of women veterans already established nor is attendance at previous meetings a requirement to attend next Thursday’s event. The get-together is a reconvening of the virtual series held on […]

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Bulletin Submissions Due

BVA’s quarterly print and electronic publication, The Bulletin, is accepting submissions for one more week for its upcoming Winter 2023 issue. In particular, editors are seeking reports, including photos, on events involving the Association’s regional groups and its members that can be placed in the publication’s Around BVA section. Entries in Around BVA are ideally 200-300 words in length. Brief articles about individual BVA members and their accomplishments are also welcome. Send submissions or specific […]

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Amazon Ends AmazonSmile

Amazon introduced AmazonSmile in 2013 as it sought to expand its Prime membership business, enabling customers to designate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of their choice. There was no additional cost for customers to donate. The open policy inspired more than a million charities to sign up, including BVA. Many of the Association’s loyal supporters made regular donations to BVA through AmazonSmile. However, Amazon this week announced that the […]

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Registration Now Open for 2023 VA Summer Sports Clinic

Registration is now open for veteran participation in the 16th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic scheduled for June 4-9 in San Diego, California. The Clinic, designed to empower veterans of all ability levels whose present rehabilitation goals would benefit from the value of adaptive summer sports, includes the following activities: surfing, kayaking, cycling, sailing, yoga, meditation, and adaptive fitness. For more information and several links to additional details, videos, and forms required for registration, click […]

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VGLI Maximum Coverage To Increase March 1

Veterans eligible to purchase additional Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will see the first increase in the maximum of such coverage since 2005. The effective date of the increase is March 1, 2023. The increase is due to the signing of S. 2794, the Supporting Families of the Fallen Act, last fall. Individuals under 60 years of age with $400,000 in coverage will be able to purchase more coverage in $25,000 increments up to the […]

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Deadline Next Wednesday To Participate in NRTC Study

The National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) is in the final stage of recruiting participants for a long-term study on job search skills training. Job-ready adults with blindness or low vision who are not currently employed are encouraged to learn more. The new group will start at the end of this month. Interested individuals must apply by Wednesday of next week (January 25) to be considered. Participants can earn up […]