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 Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS), who recognized as part of the ceremony both the significance of the Braille Flag as well as Paul Mimms’ service to veterans nationally and within the Heartland Regional Group.
“I appreciate all Mr. Mimms does for veterans in Kansas and across our country, and I look forward to displaying a replica of the Bronze Braille Flag in my office,” Senator Moran said.
The flag presentation was part of the American Braille Flag Project, an initiative of Georgia Regional Group member Walt Peters, who served three tours in Vietnam. The mission of the project, now assisted also by Paul Kaminsky, Florida Regional Group and formerly BVA’s Director of District 5, is to assure that a bronze copy of the Braille Flag be located in every VA facility throughout the country and in classrooms where blind and low-vision students can experience it by a touch of their fingers.
The American Braille Flag Project’s motto is “Raising the Flag for All to See.” For more information about the project, click here (CLICK HERE).
BVA regional groups across the country have supported the ideas and vision behind the project, donating Braille Flags in various VA facilities and educational institutions. The flags are the brainchild of Randolph Cabral and produced by the nonprofit Kansas Braille Transcription Institute which he founded in 1995.