VA Rolls Out Simplified Travel Reimbursement System for Veterans, Beneficiaries The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is beginning a roll-out of an innovative new system beginning July 1 for veterans and eligible beneficiaries to submit and track transportation reimbursement claims. The process will use VA’s secure, web-based portal, Access VA. It will be accessible 24/7, 365 days a year. Implementation will run across Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) in phases from July until November. Read […]
BVA’s Resilient Wellness Project Blinded Veteran Brothers and Sisters: When I became legally blind about ten years ago, I began asking if the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had anything written about coping skills that would help blinded veterans. When I received no answer for five years, I began to believe that if there were to be anything like that, maybe we should be the ones to create a guidebook. It took me several years […]
Contemplating the Meaning behind What We Have Missed The months of May and June are filled with meaningful dates to American patriots, historians, and sentimentalists— Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, Memorial Day on the fourth Monday, D-Day (the allied liberation of Western Europe in 1944) June 6, Flag Day June 14, and Father’s Day the third Sunday in June, which in 2020 will be June 21. These are unprecedented times for carrying […]
BVA / BVUK Pursue Joint Ocular Trauma Task Force The Blinded Veterans Association and Blind Veterans UK, already partners for some nine years in a series of initiatives that include residential and recreational rehabilitation, mentorship, and adaptive technology through Project Gemini, are now joining forces in an effort to gain support for a United States-United Kingdom Joint Ocular Trauma Task Force (JOTTF)that could move eye and vision research to even greater heights within the two […]
The Royal Society Formally the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, is the United Kingdom’s version of the national academy of sciences. Promoting excellence in science since 1660, it is the world’s oldest independent scientific academy. Left to right, Ginger Zampieri, Dr. Tom Zampieri, Dr. Renata Gomes, and James Jorkasky.