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BVA Members Highlighted in USA Today Special Edition Feature

A USA Today Veterans Day special edition, published annually, has included a feature story in this year’s issue on blinded veterans and their current challenges and opportunities in adjusting to life with vision loss. The article, composed by freelance writer Matt Alderton, touches on issues such as recovery, rehabilitation and training, education and career planning, relationships, legislation, technology, and guide dogs. BVA Executive Director Donald Overton, former BVA National President David Szumowski (San Diego Regional […]

Veterans Day Free Meals, Other Deals, Still Offered During Pandemic

Although the coronavirus pandemic has affected the rules, offerings, and gatherings at national restaurant chains for Veterans Day 2020, a number of free food and discount opportunities are still available to blinded veterans and their families. Most of the free meals and other deals to celebrate veterans and their service are for dine-in patrons only, but a few chains are exercising even greater flexibility than usual. At one establishment, for example, free meal and beverage […]

Veterans, Gold Star Families Granted Permanent Free Access to National Parks, Refuges, Public Lands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt today announced at the Iowa Gold Star Museum that U.S. Military veterans and Gold Star families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior beginning on Veterans Day (November 11) this year and every day thereafter. Secretary Bernhardt’s announcement, made on behalf of the Trump Administration, came following the signing of a Presidential Executive […]

Laurie Cutlip Honored as Women’s Veteran for the Month of October

As a former Medical Service Corps Officer of the United States Navy beginning in 1989, Laurie Cutlip served as a staff Dietitian at the National Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed) and was then advanced to the position of Head, Nutrition Education. She was asked to head the Clinical Nutrition Department simultaneously while retaining her position as head of Nutrition Education. She developed standards of nutrition care for all areas of inpatient dietetics. Other responsibilities […]

BVA Regional Group Donates Braille Flag to Louisiana VA Clinic

Unconstrained by a pandemic and the effects of last weekend’s Hurricane Delta all around them, longtime Louisiana-Mississippi Regional Group members Gary Schoelerman and Darrel Stoute ventured out on White Cane Day to present a bronze braille U.S. flag to the Lafayette, Louisiana VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Peter Dancy, CEO/Director of the Alexandria, Louisiana VA Health Care System, received the donation in a brief ceremony outside the clinic. KATC-TV, an ABC local television affiliate in […]