Victory over Blindness: Northumbria University to welcome Blind Veterans’ Chief

Professor Renata Gomes, Chief Scientific Officer at Blind Veterans UK and newly appointed Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, is to deliver a virtual public lecture on Blind Veterans UK’s research – sharing knowledge for the benefit of wider humanity. Sight loss, at any age, is life-changing: it is both physically and mentally challenging, causes many issues in different stages of life and it often co-exists with other challenges and disabilities. Blind Veterans UK conducts world-leading […]

BVA Seeks Member Support for Legislation Affecting Vision and Biomedical Research

Blinded veterans and their families can assist BVA in increasing support for legislation to secure loans for vision research projects and other biomedical research. The “Long-term Opportunities for Advancing New Studies (LOANS) for Biomedical Research Act” (H.R. 3437) would infuse critical private sector dollars into clinical trials for the treatment and cures that many researchers are anticipating. The LOANS Act would help fund vital research for degenerative eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, […]

VA Adds New Capabilities to Website Honoring Deceased Veterans

Ahead of Memorial Day 2021, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has upgraded the features of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website. Aside from a fresh look, better usability, and more ways to submit content, VLM visitors may now upload photos, biographical summaries of a veteran’s life, and historical documents such as award citations, letters, and newspaper clippings. The Veterans Legacy Memorial website is the nation’s first digital platform […]

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

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is nearing its 100th birthday. On March 4, 1921, the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unidentified service member in the plaza of what was, at the time, the newly constructed Memorial Amphitheater on those hallowed grounds. The unknown soldier brought back from France was interred below a three-level marble tomb eight months later. The site is located just minutes from our Blinded Veterans Association […]

California BVA Leader to Address Live Audience May 18

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Southern California Regional Group President Ken Asam will address a virtual Facebook Live audience on Tuesday, May 18. The presentation,  entitled “How OrCam Improved My Quality of Life,” will include highlights of Ken’s military journey, his experiences with vision loss, and how he has utilized the OrCam technology in daily living activities to remain independent, self-reliant, and resilent as he pursues his personal goals. The session will also provide information on […]