Of Note


November 2010 Concert To Air May 29 on CNBC


The Veterans Day concert performed by VA’s National Medical Musical Group at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last November 10 will air on CNBC on Sunday, May 29. Time of the telecast is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The concert was part of the group’s 2010 Healing for the Nation concert series. The group consists of both a chorale and symphony orchestra.

BVA’s own Tom Miller will be seen and heard introducing the program at the beginning of the telecast.

Volunteers Needed for 
Post-Deployment Study


Researchers at the University at Albany-State University of New York are conducting a study to understand the impact of combat deployment on a variety of behavioral health outcomes. The study involves completion of a totally anonymous online survey, is completely voluntary, and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Participants must have deployed at least once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. They must be between the ages of 18 and 65 and able to write and read English at an eighth grade level or higher.

The study is being directed by Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate Sean C. Sheppard, an Army OIF combat veteran. It has been reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Compliance at the university. Those participating will be eligible to be entered into a lottery to win a $500 Amazon.com gift card.

For more information about the study, go to www.soldiertosoldier.net.

Burkeville Lodge
A Crown Jewel


Blinded veterans who find themselves anyplace near southern Virginia may wish to visit the Burkeville Lodge for the Blind in Burkeville, Virginia.

The lodge is owned and operated by the Virginia Association of Workers for the Blind, headquartered in Richmond. The surroundings include a beautiful wooded area on a well-stocked pond. People of all ages use the facility for swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boating, playing games, or just chatting in the gazebo. Special events are scheduled at the lodge throughout the year.

Sleeping accommodations and meals are offered at affordable rates. For more information, visit www.vawb.org or call 804-275-7300.

“Learning Ally”


Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) has changed its name to Learning Ally with a tagline that reads, “Making reading accessible for all.”

According to Janet Milkovich, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, the change comes after more than a year of research and focus group studies that involved key stakeholders. The results revealed a slightly different definition of the future direction of the organization that would require a name change.

“Even as we change our name, our legacy of six decades continues,” she said. “We will maintain strong citation of RFB&D in many areas of our service offerings and our incredible volunteer base will continue recording books to help students succeed—all as we explore new ways to put them to work on behalf of all users with learning differences.”

Recording for the Blind was founded in 1948 with a mission to provide equal access to the printed word. Decades later, the mission was extended to include access for individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.