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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.

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HBO Max Adds Accessibility Features for Visually Impaired Viewers

Key accessibility features for blind and visually impaired users are now part of Home Box Office’s massive streaming service HBO Max, helping the users enjoy the same content as sighted viewers. The new service offers audio descriptions for content, which describes action on the screen beyond the dialog and sound effects, for some 1,500 hours of third-party content, HBO originals, HBO Max Originals, and Warner Brothers movies. Several other changes are also intended to improve

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Policy Vets Podcast Features Don Overton, Begins Airing Today

BVA Executive Director Donald D. Overton, Jr., recently appointed as a Scholar to the prestigious Policy Vets, appears on a podcast that became available today on the Policy Vets website and can also be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and several other popular platforms. Part 1 of the podcast series, entitled “How Service Animal Regulation Affects Veterans,” will be followed by a Part 2 airing next Friday, June 25. Policy Vets is a nonprofit

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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

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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,

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