The name of this Association pursuant to Public Law
85-769, 85th Congress, U.S. Code, Title 36, 851-868 (72 Stat. 922-927),
August 27, 1958, shall be BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION.
The principal office of the Association shall be
located in Washington, District of Columbia, or in such other place as
may be determined by the National Board of Directors, and the activities
of the Association can and may be conducted in any and all States,
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Possessions of the United States,
or in such other places as the National Board of Directors may deem
desirable from time to time.
The Association shall have in the District of
Columbia at all times a designated agent authorized to accept service
and process for the Association.
OBJECTS AND PURPOSES
The objects and purposes of the corporation shall be as follows:
a. To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that,
notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place
in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation
of a peaceful world;
b. To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded
veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one
c. To maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom
and to encourage loyalty to the Constitution and laws of the United
States and of the States in which they reside;
d. To be organized and operated as a corporation not-for-profit,
no part of the income or assets of which shall inure to the benefit of
any of its members, directors, or officers, nor be distributable thereto
otherwise than upon dissolution or final liquidation; and such
corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for
charitable, educational, patriotic, and civic improvement purposes.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP, ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
AND HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
Any person having been, or being, in the Armed Forces
of the United States shall be eligible for Membership if he/she has
sustained a substantial impairment of sight or vision, which is
service-connected, and as such is hereby termed blind or legally blind
and defined as follows:
Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye
with corrective glasses, or central visual acuity of more than 20/200 if
there is a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to
such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an
angular distance no greater than twenty degrees in the better eye.
Borderline cases shall be referred to the National Board of Directors for consideration.
There shall be no discrimination as to race or creed
for Membership or Associate Membership in the Association, or for
Members or Associate Members holding office or voting for office in the
Proofs of eligibility for Membership which may be
accepted are honorable discharge, retirement, or separation papers from
the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard,
containing a notation indicating blindness of the applicant was incurred
in the line of duty, or a certificate of the finding or determination
by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) that the
applicant has sustained service-connected blindness as defined in
Section 1 above.
a. Any person having been, or being, in the Armed Forces of the
United States shall be eligible for Associate Membership if he/she has
incurred blindness as defined in Section 1 of this Article but not
incurred in the line of duty.
b. Any Member whose sight improves to such an extent that he/she
is no longer eligible for Membership will be retained as an Associate
Member if he/she so requests.
c. Associate Members shall have all the rights, privileges and
responsibilities of Members. They may vote on National issues and hold
and vote for National office and for the position of District Director.
They may serve as a delegate or alternate from the regional group to
the National Convention, and may vote for, and instruct, said
delegate(s). They shall be eligible to hold any office in their
a. Honorary Membership may be extended by unanimous vote of the
National Board of Directors to individuals who through the office they
hold, or the services they have rendered to blinded persons, may be
deemed worthy of Honorary Membership.
b. Honorary Membership shall be for a period of one (1) year unless otherwise specified.
c. Such Honorary Members shall have no direct voice or vote of
any kind in the affairs of the Association, but may submit suggestions
or recommendations for the consideration of the Association and attend
a. Any person believing himself/herself eligible for Membership or
Associate Membership may apply to the Association. Upon verification
of the applicant's eligibility and the payment of dues, he/she shall be
considered a Member or Associate Member.
b. A Member or Associate Member shall automatically be considered a
Member or Associate Member of the regional group in whose jurisdiction
he/she resides. Members and Associate Members residing in areas where
there are no regional groups shall be Members-at-large and Associate
c. In the event any application is rejected, the applicant shall
not be permitted to submit another application for a period of one (1)
year. All applications for Membership and Associate Membership received
by regional groups shall be forwarded to National Headquarters within
thirty days after receipt.