In late summer 1998, then BVA National Treasurer Neil Appleby and the leadership of his regional group attempted to find a home for 15 blind rehabilitation beds. The VAMC in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, seemed a likely home, having been a previous contender for blind rehabilitation services.
While a full-blown BRC was not possible, Lebanon CEO Charleen Szabo asked VIST Coordinator Nancy Strohm to find a means of providing services on a more moderate scale.
The request had far-reaching implications for the future of VA blind rehabilitation services with conception of the now popular VISOR (Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation) program.
Pictured are Nancy and Neil at the Pennsylvania State Convention on April 25.