Blinded Veterans Establish Fund for Vets Affected by Harvey


The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), a national Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving and representing the needs of the approximately 130,000 blind and visually impaired veterans and their families nationwide, seeks to help the more than 1,800 such veterans currently living in one of the worst tropical storm flood zones in American history.

“As rains finally dissipate and floodwaters subside, many of our veterans will still be caught in the aftermath of this crisis for quite some time,” said BVA Executive Director Al Avina. “We are already aware of several of them who have been displaced from their homes and communities while some of them may need medical services that are currently not readily accessible.”

Avina said that many of the veterans with vision loss are also seniors who live in rural areas. Accordingly, BVA has set up a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund to help the veterans who are currently struggling.

“We are asking all of our supporters throughout the nation for donations of any amount so that funds will be available to assist veterans in Texas and Louisiana who are blind, visually impaired, or with disabilities that are in addition to their vision loss,” he said.

Donations can be made through Network for Good by visiting https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1436199?code=HarveyRelief.

Now in its 73rd year of service and chartered by the United States Congress, BVA was founded by a group of 100 World War II veterans blinded in combat. Its mission is the creation of opportunities for blinded veterans to help one another. The organization offers a wide range of services to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness. For more information about BVA and its services, call toll-free 800-669-7079 or visit bva.org.