BVA To Host Final Pre-Convention Townhall August 4

The National Board of Directors of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) has scheduled a final virtual townhall to review refinements to the revised national bylaws based on member input during the three sessions held last week.

Please plan to attend the August 4 meeting via Zoom at 2:00pm Eastern Time. The townhall will be limited to a single meeting to include blinded veterans from all four districts nationally.

77th National Convention Registration Now Open

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Registration for BVA’s annual convention is now open for attendees and exhibitors/sponsors. Visit our National Convention page for more information and to access the registration forms.


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Paul Mimms Presents Braille Flag at Clinic Ribbon Cutting

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) National Vice President Paul Mimms presented a Bronze Braille U.S. Flag at the opening of a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, on July 8. Paul resides in the Kansas City area but a short drive from the new Clinic, which will offer primary care, labs, pharmacies, and both telehealth and behavioral health services. Present at the ribbon-cutting event was Senate Committee on

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BVA To Host July 12-14 Virtual Townhall Sessions

Members of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) are invited and encouraged to attend one of three scheduled townhall meetings next week to learn more about and discuss a proposed comprehensive revision of the national bylaws. The need for such a revision originates from observations of BVA’s national and regional group leadership that the document contains many inconsistencies and structural variances scattered throughout. Unlike the isolated amendments that have traditionally been considered, voted on, and adopted

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Lonnie Bedwell and Sightless Summits Team Conquer Denali  

Extreme sports athlete, 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and BVA member Lonnie Bedwell recently completed his long-planned ascent of Denali, the highest and most remote mountain peak in North America with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. The team of five sighted guides and Lonnie reached the peak’s apex and made it safely down on June 22, a relatively fast trek of 14 days for Denali. The group had originally

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BVA Extends Independence Day Best Wishes

The Independence Day holiday is one that I greatly look forward to every year. I love the outdoor summer reunions with family and friends, the parades, the barbecues, and the many other traditions in which I’ve enjoyed being a participant over the years. Like many of our veterans who have served overseas in defense of what this wonderful holiday means to us as Americans, I have sorely missed the Fourth of July when I have

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