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

“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 to enjoy what I hope will be a wonderful Thanksgiving meal for all of us.”

Overton Puts Spotlight on BVA during Washington, DC Area Newscast

BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr. appeared with television news anchor Ashlie Rodriguez of local ABC affiliate WJLA-7 in an inspiring television news segment highlighting several unique accomplishments and activities of America’s veterans with vision loss. The report, which aired November 8 as part of the Arlington, Virginia station’s month-long focus on veterans, also featured BVA’s role in assisting blinded veterans to lead successful and productive lives following the onset of blindness.


Blinded Veterans Demand Immediate VA Accountability

The nonprofit Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), founded in 1945, is the only congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving America’s blinded and visually impaired veterans. BVA has yet again contacted members of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs’ handling of the website accessibility reporting requirements set forth in Public Law No. 116-213 (12/04/2020). The mandated report, which was due August 31, was to identify websites, files, and applications

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Calling All Ambassadors

Do you have what it takes to be a Blinded Veterans Association Ambassador?  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Blind Rehabilitations Service (BRS) has identified more than 120,000 blinded veterans and 1.2 million veterans with low vision. A large percentage of these veterans either do not know about BRS or they incorrectly assume that they are not eligible for assistance because their vision loss is not service connected.  BVA Ambassadors will soon be the key

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BVA Seeks Stakeholder Reviews to Increase Help to Blinded Veterans Nationwide

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) invites all of its constituent groups—members, their families, the organization’s financial supporters, and other friends—to take action and support its efforts toward recognition as a top-rated Great Nonprofit. Positive stories, experiences, or other comments about the Association from its stakeholders will result in increased visibility both nationally and in local communities as BVA seeks out veterans with vision loss who could benefit from its services, resources, and camaraderie. GreatNonprofits, the

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