The Auxiliary's View...

Pam Hogan by Pam Hogan

Deeply saddened, we also affirm the loss already reported in this issue’s Around BVA section of a wonderful lady and a founding member of our BVA Auxiliary going back to 1977. She will be greatly missed and her family remains in our hearts and prayers.

Barbara Stocking led a wonderful life, helping others along the way.

She served as the BVAA National President from 1984 until 1986. Together with her husband, George, she gained a passion for serving blinded veterans and wisely used her education, experience, talents, and penchant for hard work to make her efforts fruitful.

In both individual and shared roles, George and Barbara led BVA to the forefront of Veterans Service Organizations. She provided a marvelous example of how a sighted person could creatively pioneer new ideas and programs and convert them into lasting results.

Barbara started the national BVAA scholarship program and then formed a similar program within the Florida Regional Group Auxiliary. Those wishing to honor her with a memorial gift to one of the funds may send donations to Carl Hytinen, BVAA National Treasurer, 14 Marehaven Drive, Seekonk, MA 02771-1924, or to the BVA Florida Regional Group Scholarship Program, 3801 Coco Grove Avenue, Miami, FL 33133.

Although BVAA and BVA are separate organizations, we are still partners with common goals. Cooperating together, we can accomplish amazing things.

The BVAA Southern California Regional Group participated with BVA members in a series of White Cane Awareness Day events at VA Medical Centers this fall. The BVA and BVAA regional groups also aided the Orange County Chapter of the group with a White Cane event at the BRC in Long Beach at which 200 attendees were present.

A second Orange County Chapter activity was a bed sheet sale that raised approximately $1,000. In addition, the chapter chose to adopt a family for the holidays using an “Operation Santa” concept. Monies were collected to provide this family with a full Christmas and to assist them with automotive repairs to make daily life safer for them and their children.

Here’s hoping that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and a safe New Year. Please let us know what your local groups are doing. Let’s make 2015 a year of caring and sharing!