BVA Supports Blinded Veterans with Veterans Assistance Programs. Since 1945, BVA has been advocating for blind veterans and their families in order to assist them in regaining their independence. We offer a range of veteran’s assistance programs which are available to any veteran whether they are a member of BVA or not. We provide support for veterans through funding, advocacy and assistance with navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs claims processes to ensure seamless integration back into daily routine post active duty.


BVA offers the Veteran Services Program which provides veterans with everything they need to initiate VA claims and appeals. Each of our service offers are accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Council and provide assistance throughout the claims process at no cost. National Resource Center Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time 1101 King Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 844-250-5180 (Toll Free) Fax: 703-566-8199 Email:


Operation Peer Support (OPS) is a program designed by the Blinded Veterans Association to assist blind and visually impaired veterans and their families with educational resources and adaptive sports in order to regain independence, social skills, and confidence through rehabilitation.


BVA’s Government Relations team is a consistent presence on Capitol Hill. We work to educate congressional leaders on the needs of our blinded veterans, their families and caregivers. We regularly visit with congressional members and staffers to ensure they are up to date with the views of our membership.


The Veterans Care Review is conducted at each of the 13 VA Blind Rehabilitation Centers nationwide as well as all 9 VISOR Clinics. Over several days, the review team will visit the facility and meet separately with the staff and the veterans attending the BRC. Various aspects of the programs are reviewed: orientation and mobility, living skills, manual skills, low-vision therapy, computer access training, low-vision clinic, optometry, eye clinic, ophthalmology, recreation therapy, social work, psychology, nursing, diabetic education, and pharmacy. 


Message from the Founder, Gary Barg, CEO. I heard it in her voice. She never asked me to return and help, but I knew by the distress in her voice that things were not as rosy back home as I had thought.


For the 2020-2021 academic school years, BVA will award 7 scholarships. Six (6) scholarships will be for $2,000 each available through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program and one (1) will be for $1,000 offered through the Thomas H. Miller Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee will choose seven 7 recipients and two alternates.