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 […]

Caregivers Nationwide to Gather Monday in Virtual Meetings

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are partnering to present the 5th annual “National Virtual Convening, Caregivers at the Forefront” this Monday, October 19, from 1:00pm until 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time. Sponsored by Phillips, the virtual event recognizes that caregiving has never been more important nor more difficult than in the present COVID-19 climate. It is free and open to the public but requires an online pre-registration for admission. Leading […]

BVA Guide to 2020 Voting Offers Timely Assistance

The Blinded Veterans Association’s Government Relations Team has developed BVA +Voters Guide 2020, a step-by-step approach to voting in the upcoming November 3 national and local elections and highlighted by specific tips for veterans with vision loss. The GUIDE includes an orientation on how to register to vote, choosing the most appropriate method of voting based on personal circumstances, the act of voting itself, potential problems in voting, and helpful resources and links. BVA National […]