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.


VA to Begin Claims Processing for Particulate Matter Exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the immediate processing of disability claims for asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis based on presumed particulate matter exposure during military service in Southwest Asia and other specified areas. The conditions resulting from the exposure must have been manifested within ten years of a qualifying period of military service. A VA internal process reviewed scientific evidence that concluded that particulate matter pollution is associated with respiratory conditions for veterans

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American Forces Travel Extends Online Privileges to Veterans

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today a landmark policy change that will allow the 16 million U.S. veterans access to the American Forces Travel (AFT) website. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Patricia Montes Barron, veterans will join the 10 million active duty, Guard, and reserve service members, family members, DoD civilians, and other patrons who are already receiving this benefit. On average, customers save 35-40 percent

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Lonnie Bedwell To Be Featured Tomorrow Night on “Breaking Bobby Bones”

Lonnie Bedwell, National Geographic 2015 Adventurer of the Year, award winning author, motivational speaker, and member of the Blinded Veterans Association’s (BVA) Indiana Regional Group, will appear in one of two Sunday, June 27 (tomorrow) episodes of National Geographic’s new series “Breaking Bobby Bones.” The Bones-Bedwell episode will air at either 10:00 or 10:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. The series, a brainchild of television and radio personality Bobby Bones himself, tests his personal motto of “fight,

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BVA National President Again Urges COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Members, Families of Members, and Friends: As you all know, our country is still dealing with COVID-19. Americans know firsthand the tragedies of this pandemic with nearly 600,000 deaths to date. That is more deaths than those from World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and 9/11 combined.  With only 64 percent of adults having received at least one shot, our country still has considerable work ahead in

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