Life Membership Dues Returned to Previous Rates
A promotional life membership rate available to all prospective members of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) throughout much of the organization’s Fiscal Year 2017 expired on August 1, 2017. The membership dues rates have returned to their previous schedule based on age and membership type.
Delegates appointed by their respective regional groups to the BVA 72nd National Convention narrowly defeated a proposed bylaw amendment on August 18 that would have extended the discounted rate into the future. A similar proposed bylaw amendment, passed in August 2016, offered life membership to all blinded veterans at a rate of $20.
The Life and Associate Life Membership rate prior to August 1, 2017, now restored and effective immediately, is $100 for veterans 44 years or younger, $88 for veterans 45-54 years of age, $75 for veterans 55-60, $63 for those 61-65, and $50 for veterans 66 and older. Annual membership dues, temporarily suspended last year, also return to the previous rate of $15 per year while a complimentary honorary life membership is available to World War II veterans.
A payment option is also available for life memberships if they cannot be paid in one lump sum.
Application forms in several formats, accompanied by an explanation of the qualifications for membership among the various membership types, along with an explanation of the acceptable supporting documents is also provided here.
As part of the application process, just as was the case during the promotional dues period, the membership form sent to BVA must be accompanied by the following items on official Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) letterhead or through Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST)/Veterans Health Administration examination notes:
- Branch of Service
- Beginning and Ending Dates of Services
- Name of VIST Coordinator
- Confirmation of meeting standards of blindness as follows—
- ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Code 369.4 legal blindness, or
- Visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye with corrective lenses, or
- Visual field restriction to 20 degrees diameter or less in the better eye.
For more information about BVA membership, please contact Membership Coordinator Cecilia Montenegro at the organization’s National Headquarters, 202-371-8880, Ext. 315, or firstname.lastname@example.org.