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Season’s Greetings from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

Esteemed BVA Members, Volunteers, Friends, Partners, and Staff: On behalf of our National Board of Directors, I wish for each of you and yours a pleasant and happy holiday season. May the season be filled with joy, peace, and hope for prosperity in the New Year! This is the best time of year to reflect on the things in our lives that are of greatest worth and, in many instances, sacred to us. Although peace […]

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BVA Applauds Legislation Establishing New Ocular Trauma Centers

As we close out a busy and productive year at the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), our Government Relations Team has secured a legislative victory pertaining to a longstanding issue that has plagued our military health care system for generations—ocular trauma care and care for vision loss due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A section in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), Section 721, mandates the establishment of no fewer than […]

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A Thanksgiving Message from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

Thanksgiving Greetings, Blinded Veterans Association Members and Friends! Like many of you, I have often felt overwhelmed by the challenges and hardships that have confronted us the past two years during this unprecedented worldwide pandemic. As a way of lifting that burden somewhat, I find myself reflecting on the things in life for which I personally feel profound gratitude, especially as we approach the holiday season and this week as we gather around our tables […]

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A Veterans Day Message from BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr.

On this Veterans Day, we honor and remember the men and women who have worn the uniform of our great nation, Americans who at critical moments stepped forward and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Veterans Day is a vitally significant day. It is a day to speak up for those who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans – a […]

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Bagpiper Dave Barrett Shares Unique Talent, Offers all Proceeds and Benefits to BVA

BVA member, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, and law enforcement veteran Dave Barrett of Haymarket, Virginia (Mid-Atlantic Regional Group) was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in 2015. His grandfather had RP, so the diagnosis was not a total surprise to him. Even so, Dave has faced all of the same challenges as he adjusts to vision loss. Dave continues to work at his federal government civilian day job with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the […]