Claudia Belk to Head BVA Office in Houston
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) Field Service Program Director Ed
Eckroth has announced the appointment of Claudia Belk, nee Perry, as the
organization’s National Field Service Officer for Region 5 based in
Houston, Texas. Claudia fills the position left open by Wade Davis, who
is relocating to Washington, DC in early 2015. Claudia’s new assignment
will take effect on December 22.
Claudia joined the U.S. Air Force in 1995. She served for five and a
half years before losing her sight at age 24. She was medically retired
as a Staff Sergeant.
Claudia participated in Blind Rehabilitation Training at the
residential Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Blind Rehabilitation
Center in West Haven, Connecticut, in 2001 and graduated from the
Training course the same year. In addition to
residential training, she also credits her rehabilitation to Washington,
DC Visual Impairment Service Team Coordinator Lillie Kennedy, who led
her to employment with BVA. She joined the organization in May 2006 as a
Field Service Representative. Since that time she has assisted hundreds
of veterans nationwide.
“The job has been humbling to this point and it’s been an honor to
serve blind veterans of all eras,” she said. “I look forward to
continuing my work, now within the Region 5 service area, with blind
veterans’ claims to the entitlements that they have rightfully earned.”
As an accredited National Service Officer, Claudia will cover a
region that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico,
Tennessee, and Texas.
BVA is the only Congressionally chartered Veterans Service
Organization exclusively dedicated to serving and representing America’s
blind and visually impaired veterans. The organization will mark its
70th anniversary of service on March 28, 2015.