Letters to the Editor

Foundation Offers Tickets as Support

I recently came across the Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that wants to give back to the veteran and military community which have given so much. Vet Tix provides free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans, and Gold Star family members for sporting events, concerts, performing arts, and family activities.

We as blinded veterans are certainly aware of the many difficult transitions that vets and their families experience as reintegration into community and civilian life takes place.

Vet Tix asserts that attending events improves morale, strengthens family bonds through shared interest, and encourages service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. The organization offers such opportunities in gratitude for our sacrifices and to support our reintegration.

Vet Tix can be found at VetTix.org and on Twitter and Facebook.

Shawn Wilbur
Bellevue, Nebraska
Nebraska Regional Group

Convention Kudos

On behalf of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, thank you to BVA for a wonderful time at last year’s national convention. The support, coordination and hospitality were spot on and indicative of the high quality of those associated with and within BVA.

I had a great call with my boss and counterparts after last year’s meeting in which I relayed my experience and gained agreement for Vanda to extend our education and outreach efforts down to the regional and local level. Every Vanda employee would be well served to have the opportunity and honor of coming to know and work with BVA.

Jeffrey Dodd
Past Regional Sales Director, Central
Vanda Pharmaceuticals

NY Member Praises Convention Assistance

I wanted to say thank you to BVA National Headquarters for all of the help given to me at last year’s 71st National Convention and look forward to the same this year. I had no reading device in Milwaukee and couldn't read my program listing for the workshops and meetings. I greatly needed some guidance.

I v went to Chelsey Dumond for daily information about the sessions and she was very helpful each time. She offered the service without hesitation. Her directions for the locations of the learning sessions were clear and precise. The New York Regional Group and I thank Chelsey, the volunteers at the convention, and the BVA staff for this extra-mile assistance.

Warner Murray
New York, New York
New York Regional Group

World War II Valor Cannot Be Forgotten

Recently I received a telephone call from Charles Kuhnwald, one of our devoted Ohio (O-K-I Regional Group) members, officers, and volunteers over several decades. Charles reminded me of the many World War II veterans within the BVA ranks, both past and present, who served their country with valor and distinction.

Sometimes we forget that the brave men and women of “The Greatest Generation” literally altered the course of history from the air and on the battlefields. They preserved the liberty we enjoy today.

Charles related to me a second time the story of Gerhard “Marty” Johnson who passed away last fall. Marty was a member of the O-K-I Regional Group when he passed away at the Dayton VA Victory Ridge Hospice at age 97. More than 70 years earlier, however, Marty was among those who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and later received a Jubilee of Liberty Medal from France. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge.

The name Gerhard Johnson was included in the November-December BVA Bulletin. As is true for our other veterans mentioned in that section of the publication, however, he is worthy of much more.

Stuart Nelson
Bulletin Editor

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