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VA Director of Ophthalmology Services to Address BVA Virtual Session

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Program Director of Ophthalmology Services Glenn C. Cockerham, MD will speak at a Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) webinar October 15, National White Cane Day Awareness Day, at 12:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. BVA members, their families, VA employees, and other stakeholders in the field of blind rehabilitation are invited to attend Dr. Cockerham’s briefing. He will explore current research trends and advances in the field of ophthalmology and provide an […]

BVA Provides a Veteran Voice at National Academies Health Care Workshop

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) took a leading role this past summer at the Workshop on Veterans’ Access to Health Care presented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The two-day virtual workshop afforded BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr. the opportunity to represent the interests of veterans and Veterans Service Organizations during the program. The event examined patient-centered methods to optimize access to high-quality health care for veterans. It featured invited […]

Aira Has Begun Its 2020 Get Out the Vote Promotion!

From October 2 until election day November 3, Aira is donating 120 minutes per U.S.-based Explorer for access calls relating to voter registration, preparing to vote, and the act of voting itself. Blinded veterans currently using Aira services as Explorers can utilize this promotion as follows: Preparing To Vote:• Researching 2020 candidates, propositions, and ballot initiatives• Registering to vote• Reviewing sample ballots Voting: • Navigation to and through physical polling locations• Coordinating transportation to a […]

Expansion of VA Caregiving Program to Benefit Blinded Veterans and Their Families

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the implementation of Phase 1 of its expansion and enhancement of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). The program offers clinical support for caregivers of eligible veterans who are seriously injured, including educational support, a monthly stipend, health care coverage, and certain beneficiary travel to qualifying family members. Through this expansion, VA will give additional family caregivers, including those of blinded veterans, access to […]

VA Director of Optometric Service to Address BVA Virtual Session

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Director, Optometric Service, John C. Townsend, OD, FAAO, will speak at a Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) virtual session via Zoom September 28 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. BVA members, their families, VA employees, and other stakeholders in the field of blind rehabilitation are invited to attend Dr. Townsend’s briefing. During the hour-long session, he will address the status of VA eye care and the vital role optometrists play in […]