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The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans. We also hope to be there with encouragement and support. There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite to obtain help. All legally blinded veterans are also eligible for BVA’s assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service.

Virginia and California Benefit Events Support Blinded Veterans

photoMajor Charles R. (Rob) Soltes, Jr. O.D., pictured above, was an Army optometrist who lost his life on October 13, 2004 while in service to his country. Ten years later to the very day, an annual memorial golf tournament in Irvine, California, will once again honor his ultimate sacrifice and donate its proceeds to the Blinded Veterans Association’s Operation Peer Support initiative for the fourth consecutive year. Registration for the event is still open.

On October 5, BVA members Dan Wallace, Steve Baskis, and Dr. Tom Zampieri, left to right, gathered outside the historic National Theater in Richmond, Virginia, prior to the start of a benefit concert featuring the Virginia Military Institute Commander’s Band and the legendary Jethro Tull from the United Kingdom. The event and a unique “Dinner in the Dark” experience the previous evening successfully raised funds in support of blinded veterans.

image of thermometerBVA was awarded a Challenge Grant by the Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, and we are so close to our goal! This grant will fund BVA’s Field Service Officers traveling to VA facilities and Blind Rehab Centers, to assist veterans and meet with VA staff about the care and services blinded veterans need. With the Foundation’s help, your gift will count double and keep this important part of BVA’s Field Service Program going. Thanks so much for your support!


The Blinded Veterans Association, CFC #10513, is proud to be part of the Combined Federal Campaign. The mission of the CFC, as stated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The Blinded Veterans Association is listed in the Military Family and Veterans Charities category in the Best of the CFC. Contact for more information.


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