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 Computer Access

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.