Final Thought


A look back at BVA’s history in serving blinded veterans and their families is inadequate without an in-depth examination of the contributions of Father Thomas J. Carroll, BVA’s legendary National Chaplain from 1946 until his death in 1971. He is pictured here in 1952.

Father Carroll

Author, innovator, administrator, motivational speaker, academic, and spiritual leader, Father Carroll laid the foundation for BVA’s subsequent advocacy, field service, and fundraising efforts.

As BVA commemorates 65 years of service, Father Carroll’s influence and writings continue to shape the organization’s view of blindness and blind rehabilitation programs.