BVA Lends Support to Legislation Affecting Camp Lejeune Victims

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) has joined 11 other Military and Veterans Service Organizations in supporting the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 (H.R. 2192) in a recent letter to Representative Matthew Cartwright (D-PA-8), sponsor of the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. North Carolina legislation limiting the claims window for injuries related to the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune has negatively impacted military families. H.R. 2192 will correct the injustices that the earlier […]

BVA Joins COVID-19 Vaccination Initiative as Founding Member

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA ) this week became a founding member of the COVID-19 Community Corps, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control to encourage Americans to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. The recently launched program at a now pivotal point in the crisis relies on trusted community leaders and organizational messengers such as BVA to share science-based information regarding the safety and efficacy […]

VA Extends Debt Relief for Veterans

VA is extending debt relief for veterans through September 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. VA will suspend collection of all veteran benefit overpayments incurred between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021. No adverse actions or collection attempts will occur during this suspension period. Additionally, all copayments for medical care and pharmacy services incurred from April 6, 2020, through September 30, 2021, will be cancelled, along with any fees or interest. Any payments for this time period […]

Film Festival Program for Blind Filmmakers Hosts Upcoming Virtual Workshop Series

An exciting international virtual workshop leading up to the “blindDance Film Festival” next fall kicks off this Wednesday, March 31, at 2:00pm EDT for blind and visually impaired persons interested in filmmaking. The series, entitled “Filmmaking and Storytelling,” is hosted by Morton Bonde, legally blind Senior Art Director of the Lego Group. The overriding theme of the workshops held throughout the next eight months addresses the question, “Can you make films if you are blind?” […]

BVA Lauds Passage, Signing of Bill Expanding Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is pleased to recognize the signing into law earlier today of the “Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse Act” (SAVE LIVES Act), H.R. 1276, by President Joe Biden. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, significantly expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It provides the VA Secretary with additional authority […]