Courtesy of Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center, UMass Amherst Libraries

Memorial Day Tribute to Robert A. "Bob" Bottenberg

Robert A. “Bob” Bottenberg, a pioneer BVA member and true hero of the Greatest Generation, was blinded just one year after enlisting in 1944 by German mortar fire in 1945. While this event altered the course of his life forever, it never overtook or defined that life.

Bob joined BVA during his recovery and lived a life that would continue to inspire his fellow veterans with sight loss for decades to come. While raising a family and pursuing higher level degrees, including a P.h.D, Bob organized multiple BVA regional groups and chapters, served on the Board of Directors, and was elected as BVA’s National President the same year that the organization received its Congressional charter.

BVA would not be where it is today without our incredible, inspiring members and supporters. Please consider a donation this Memorial Day to BVA, the organization so beloved by Bob Bottenberg and to which he gave so much of himself—his time, his talents, and his resources.

Robert A. Bottenberg Tribute Video

Learn how Bob bypassed his life-altering injuries.


“Failure is not being knocked down. Failure is staying down.”
Matthew had an insight that got him started...
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A Veterans Day Tribute
Enrique's shock of knowing he was losing his sight was painful...
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A Hero of the Greatest Generation
It didn't take long for Bob to start over...
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Helping Others to Achieve
Brian felt lost, alone, and didn’t know what to do next…
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One Vision, One Team, One Fight
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A Shining Light of Inspiration
Paul continually guides his colleagues out of the darkness and into the light...
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Rising to the Challenge
Ken epitomizes BVA’s mission...
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Gaining New Vision
Steve found purpose and fulfillment in life again...
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Living the Army Values
Eric inspires his fellow blinded veterans...
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Never Leaving Anyone Behind
Monaca champions women veterans initiatives via her...
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