by Pam Hogan
Happy New Year!
With the holidays behind us it is time to really focus on 2016. Our dedication to the issues of our blinded veterans reminds us to keep aware of local and national legislation that may affect them.
We should make a point of becoming informed ourselves and then let our representatives, delegates, senators, etc. know where we stand, particularly on expanding and improving caregiver services and support for those who lost their sight prior to September 11, 2001.
As the spouses and caregivers of our blinded veterans, we all know how much physical and emotional energy we use during the holidays. With the New Year, please try and take the time to recharge your batteries with some TLC just for yourself! I know that we usually put that kind of thing off, but it is so important for us to take care of ourselves. Go get a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, or maybe a new hairstyle. We can also enjoy some alone time with a good book and a cup of whatever beverage we enjoy. We will be far better able to care for others when we take care of ourselves.
BVAA seeks to preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among those who support BVA and serve individual blinded veterans. Pictured above, Edna Kirksey-Dixon leading caregiver discussion on August 19, 2015 at Louisville convention.
It is that time of year again to think about the BVA Auxiliary scholarship program. This is an excellent opportunity for a family member who could use some extra college funds. The application and requirements are available on the BVAA website, www.bvaaux.org.
Volunteerism is the foundation of our organization and to volunteer on behalf of our blinded veterans is the ultimate fulfillment of our call to serve them. It is a privilege and a blessing to do so.
Please keep a record of your volunteer hours and send that record along to Patti Hail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to recognize you at our next convention.
Speaking of conventions, a little birdie told me to block off the last full week of August 2016 and make plans to meet in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I hope all of you will do the same. Be well, stay warm, and take care!
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