About Membership

Membership is currently open to all legally blind veterans of U.S. military service. Blindness does not have to be combat-related, nor must members have lost their vision while on active duty. Although membership is not required for blinded veterans and their families to receive free benefits assistance, scholarships, or quarterly publications, membership serves as the institutional means by which the men and women of BVA serve, support, and lift one another throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

BVA provides a community of fellowship with people who share your experiences, needs, and hopes for the future. Join one of our community based regional groups or chapters for fellowship, volunteer opportunities, and community service. Be as active as your time, talents, and interests allow. Or, simply be a proud member of BVA, knowing that your membership helps BVA advocate for you and your fellow blinded veterans.

Legal blindness is defined as central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual field restriction of less than 20 degrees in the better eye. That means if an object is 200 feet away, you have to stand 20 feet from it in order to see it clearly, but a person with normal vision can stand 200 feet away and see that object perfectly.

Membership Categories

  • Service-Connected Life Membership consists of those members whose vision loss resulted from military service (fill, print, mail application) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Associate Life Membership consists of those members whose vision loss resulted after military service (fill, print, mail application) (PDF) (DOC)
  • Complimentary Honorary Life Membership consists of those members serving during World War II (fill, print, mail application) (PDF) (DOC)

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***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: membership@bva.org, or via telephone: (800) 669-7079 x 315 for assistance.