Letters to the Editor


Field Rep Praises Pager Idea


On behalf of our Field Service staff and all of our members, I wish to thank Fernando Rivera, newly appointed VA Medical Center director in Washington, DC, for his innovative idea of placing pharmacy pagers for visually impaired veterans.

The new practice was effective June 2 in both outpatient pharmacy clinics and primary care clinics.

BVA, the VIST, and the medical center staff also deserve kudos for this achievement, which is a demonstration of the top-notch care received by our blinded veterans in the Washington, DC, area.

Claudia Perry
Silver Spring, MD
Region II Field Service Representative

New Website Design: A Note from the Editor


Visitors logging onto BVA’s website on or after August 8 may well have been surprised and caught off-guard. That is because the site now has a new look and feel for the first time in more than a decade.

It was time for this face of our organization to more effectively reflect the people, activities, and mood that make BVA what it is—an effective advocate for blinded veterans and their families whose history now spans an amazing 63 years.

New features include a site map that makes finding things much easier, text enlargement capability, less redundancy, and lighter colors for a more pleasing look.

Our task now, a daunting one indeed, is to make the site as dynamic and relevant as possible to our members, friends, and supporters throughout the world. It is still a work in progress and one that requires an undivided attention that is not always easily provided. Most challenging are decisions regarding what, where, and how items and resources should be uploaded to the site.

The new design was conceptualized by Starfish Design of Centreville, Maryland, under the direction of artist and webmaster Carolyn Coon. Carolyn has directed design projects for BVA’s Department of Development and Department of Communications for more than 15 years. She is a consummate professional who understands BVA’s mission and unique needs.

Congratulations, Carolyn, on a job very well done.

Log onto www.bva.org and check out the new design.

Stuart Nelson, Content Editor
BVA Bulletin and BVA Website