Letters to the Editor...


Books on Tape Can Be Donated


One does not value eyesight until he/she loses one of nature’s greatest gifts. I am now unable to read print, even the large fonts you use in the BVA Bulletin, without great magnification. When I found books on tape, it was a like a newly created world for me.

If it is not too much to ask, I would request that unneeded and non-returnable materials be forwarded to the Mississippi Library Commission of the Blind and Physically Handicapped. This library has gone the extra mile in loaning materials to the blind and visually impaired despite the unusually heavy demand caused by Hurricane Katrina further south. The address is 3881 Eastwood Drive, Jackson, MS 39211-6473. Thank you very much for caring.

Albert Dillon, Jr.
Prichard, West Virginia

Disability Halts Active Duty


Concurrent pay is much appreciated by many of my fellow veterans, but there are many like myself who still feel left out because our disabilities kept us from reaching 20 years of active duty. After 18 years, 11 months, and two days of duty, and while I was on a five-year enlistment of which I had completed three years and just happened to be overseas, my loss of sight became so great that I could no longer function on my job and was placed on temporary disability for two years.

I sometimes feel that my service and sacrifice mean nothing because they were cut slightly short of the magical retirement number of 20. We who have earned our retirement and benefits should receive them if it was our disability that kept us from reaching 20 years of service.

Roger C. Vanzant, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
Dryden, Virginia

Editor Leaves Out Maas Award Detail


In our Post-Convention 2006 issue of the Bulletin, we ran a piece about BVA’s national achievement awards. Both Dr. Sidney Ordway and Dr. George Stocking of the National Board of Directors provided helpful information about each of the annual awards.

I neglected in the piece to relate one of Dr. Ordway’s more significant observations. In researching information about the awards, Dr. Ordway discovered that some individuals had received the Maas Award (or the same award under a different name) more than one time.

Shortly after 1987 the Board changed the Maas Award guidelines to preclude a blinded veteran from receiving it more than once. A similar guideline was established for the Diener Award.

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