Auxiliary’s ViewPam Hogan

by Pam Hogan

This year is really flying by!

Before we know it, we will all be heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for our BVA 71st National Convention which, according to our 1977 founding, translates into the 39th National Convention for the BVA Auxiliary.

Before we get to Milwaukee a number of important things must be accomplished.

First, we have three Renee Feldman scholarships available for the 2016-17 academic year for the spouses and children of our blinded veterans. This will be the 33rd year that the BVA Auxiliary will be offering these awards. Two of the recipients will receive $2,000 and one will receive $1,000. The forms, guidelines, and instructions are available on the Auxiliary website, Please complete the application thoroughly and completely. Questions and requests for further information can be directed to Scholarship Chair Lottie Davis at 703-521-3745.

For those close to an Auxiliary regional group, please try to attend, at a minimum, your annual meeting and ensure that your president, secretary, and treasurer send in the annual minutes and financial reports to Sandy Krasnodemski, Carl Hytinen, and Melissa Johnson.

The addresses for these individuals can also be located on the Auxiliary website.

The newly created BVA regional groups, Emerald Gulf Coast and Orange County, are in the process of applying for their own BVAA charters. The Northern Arizona Regional Group is reactivating and the Southern California group is seeking new officers with the hope of revitalizing as well.

Please continue also to volunteer in the name of the Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary in any capacity possible at a VA Medical Center or in your own community. After doing so, please do not forget to report those hours to Patti Hail. We absolutely want to see all of you recognized for all that you do every day!

We have some great new ideas to incorporate into the national convention this year. We are sure you will head home energized, inspired, and hopefully refreshed and relaxed. Please stay tuned for more about that later.

As I referenced above, the BVA Auxiliary has a newly designed website with a new url, which is Please visit the site and take advantage of the resources and information that are available on the site.

As is true with anything electronic in the technological age in which we find ourselves, the site will be constantly evolving and always a work in progress. Please provide your feedback to us and help make the site as user friendly and helpful to our Auxiliary members as possible.

Above all else, as we have admonished one another before, please take care of yourselves. We cannot care for others if we do not first care for ourselves and our own well-being.