Join BVA


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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.



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Any supportive organization, group or person who desires to support our free programs for blinded veterans.  You are also lending your voice to the Association as we advocate for policies and issues that affect every blinded veterans. With over 50 Regional Groups around the country, you can also take part on a local level in social events and raising awareness of the challenges facing blinded veterans.


Blinded veterans and their families often seek information and guidance that can assist them in their daily activities. They sometimes share these resources with sighted individuals with whom they interact in their communities or professions. The subjects of such resources range from adaptive recreational activities and educational opportunities to coping mechanisms during challenging times. The BVA leadership and staff will continue to add relevant resources to this section as they become available and deemed to be helpful.


BVA presents several awards during our national convention in August. These awards include the Irving Diener Award, the Major General Melvin J. Maas Achievement Award, and the David L. Schnair Award. Complete descriptions for each award, lists of past honorees, and instructions on how to nominate an individual can be found on the respective pages of each award. Nominations are generally due in mid-April of each year.