Season’s Greetings from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) has made available information and application materials for its Kathern F. Gruber and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship Program for the 2022-23 academic year, as well as four national recognitions that are awarded annually.

Season’s Greetings from BVA National President Joseph D. McNeil, Sr.

On behalf of our National Board of Directors, I wish for each of you and yours a pleasant and happy holiday season. May the season be filled with joy, peace, and hope for prosperity in the New Year! This is the best time of year to reflect on the things in our lives that are of greatest worth and, in many instances, sacred to us…


NIB’s NSITE To Launch Virtual Employment Training Programs

NSITE, an initiative of the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), will soon launch two virtual training programs for the blind and visually impaired in the field of employment. The deadline to apply to participate in both programs is October 1. The focus of NSITE’s Sourcing Certificate Program focuses on the tools, resources, and research needed to recruit qualified candidates for employment while the NSITE Cisco Academy prepares participants to become Cisco Certified Network Associates

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Veterans Health Administration to Hold Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sessions for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) listening sessions during August and September from eight separate locations. The meetings, which will be held as WebEx events, support Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government. Each of the eight locations will execute six virtual sessions to gather feedback on veterans’ experiences and perceptions related

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Recall on Sleep Apnea Devices Affects 300,000 veterans

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics, a major manufacturer of Positive Airway Pressure devices, better known as CPAP or BiPAP, announced a recall of 4 million of these devices. This announcement can be located (HERE). The recall is due to the breakdown of the foam used to reduce sound and vibration that could break loose and travel through the air hose and covers 95 percent of the Philips devices issued since 2009. According to the

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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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