Glenn Minney Assumes Government Relations Post

 

BVA Executive Director Al Avina has announced the appointment of Glenn Minney as the organization’s Director of Government Relations.

Director of Government Relations Glenn Minney.
Director of Government Relations Glenn Minney.

In his new role, effective January 6, Glenn serves as BVA’s primary legislative liaison between blinded veterans nationally and the U.S. Congress. He will prepare legislative testimony, produce correspondence to elected Representatives and Senators, direct the Association’s research on legislative issues affecting blinded veterans, and represent BVA in advocating for blinded veterans at VA Central Office. He will also participate in legislative policy development and analysis at the organization’s national conventions.

Glenn has most recently worked as a Patient Advocate and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Program (OEF/OIF) Specialist at the Chillicothe, Ohio, VA Medical Center. In this position he advocated for veterans’ rights and helped them secure the medical care and educational benefits they earned as a result of their service. He retired from the VA system after 20 years of service in several capacities.

A graduate of Adena High School in Frankfort, Ohio, Glenn entered Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, just months after his graduation. He attended Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes and the Naval School of Pharmacy in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was later assigned to the Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island.

Glenn served 21 years in the Navy on both active and reserve duty. During his tenure, he attended the Cold Weather Mountain Survival School in Bridgeport, California; Navy Basic Dive School in Panama City, Florida; and the Israeli Counter Terrorism School in Israel.

Operations in which he was assigned include Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf, and most recently Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment’s Lima Company of Columbus, Ohio, he was assigned as Battalion Senior Corpsman in Haditha, Iraq.

A mortar explosion at the top of Haditha Dam on April 18, 2005 just 28 days before his planned retirement resulted in evacuation by medevac to Germany, where he underwent five eye surgeries. The injuries left him totally blind in his right eye with severely limited vision in the left eye due to lattice and macular degeneration. The impact of the explosion also caused severe Traumatic Brain Injury with a loss of 25 percent of his occipital lobe and parietal lobe.

“Working with and advocating for individual veterans one at a time at the VA Medical Center was very rewarding, but I believe that I can now as Director of Government Relations help a greater number of veterans at the same time,” Glenn said. “This position has the potential to be 100 times more rewarding due to the new challenges set before me.”

Following his recovery, Glenn was a participant in BVA’s Operation Peer Support initiative. He first became acquainted with the Association and its mission while attending the BVA 62nd National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2007. His activities at the convention included a tandem skydive.

At BVA’s invitation, he also presented oral testimony on a number of occasions before the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs, emphasizing the link between Traumatic Brain Injury and vision loss among OEF and OIF veterans and service members.

Glenn is the recipient of the following military awards and honors: Purple Heart, Navy Commendation with “V”, Combat Action, Sea Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Commendation, FMF Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign, GWOT, Kuwait Liberation, Good Conduct, Expert Pistol and Rifle, and Fleet Marine Force Warfare Breast insignia.

He is a life member of BVA, American Legion Post 4, Disabled American Veterans Post 18, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 104, AMVETS Post 4, and the Masonic Lodge 309 of Frankfort. He is the father of two daughters currently enrolled in college.