Announcing New Field Service Officer for Region 6-North

BVA is pleased to announce that Eileen Vasquez will begin serving this week as the new Field Service Officer for Region 6-North, which includes Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Eileen is originally from Duluth, MN and currently lives in Saint Paul, MN.   She served in the US Navy for six years.  Her primary function was as a Nuclear Machinist Mate onboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65).

Her service connected eye conditions were first diagnosed in December 2002, becoming legally blind in 2004. She is a lifetime member of the BVA, VFW, and an annual member of the American Legion, DAV, American Council for the Blind and the Optimist Club. She enjoys participating in the Veterans TEE tournament annually since 2010. Team River Runners (TRR) has become a large part of her life this last year thanks to The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). These groups have enabled her to develop new relationships and experiences including kayaking, bowling and hunting. She has received training from WWP and is a peer mentor for other disabled veterans.

Eileen met her husband Jon in the service and has been married since 2005 which has added a wonderful new dimension to her life; He is supportive of her and knew of her vision impairment and long term diagnosis when he married her. Her family and friends have made life’s challenges and transitions easier. She seeks out new challenges and believes that by sharing knowledge we can all live more enjoyable and successful lives.

Eileen attended Saint Catherine University working towards her degree in accounting with a minor in studio art. She was mentioned on the Dean’s list multiple times and is a member of the Business Honor Society. She has taken a few classes thru Hadley and container gardening was a favorite. At Hines Blind Rehabilitation Center she studied Braille, JAWS and learned about accessible fun new hobbies like wood turning, golf and tandem biking. Enriching her own life and others has become paramount to achieving her goals in life, as she believes in improving everyone’s quality of life.