BVA Executive Director Joe Bogart Addresses Members

By Joe Bogart

Hello from Headquarters! The air is cooler, the leaves are changing and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Which means only one thing, Autumn has arrived along with holiday observations and gatherings of family and friends and it all starts off with Veteran’s Day.

100 years ago, the war to end all wars ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Armistice Day reigned for years as a day to remember and honor the sacrifices made by warriors from all over the world in the muddy trenches and on the bloody battlefields of the Great War in places like Mons, the Somme, Verdun, Meuse-Argonne, Aisne or Flanders. Then in 1954, after the United States had experienced a second world war and war in Korea, Veteran Service Organizations successfully lobbied congress to rename November 11th to Veteran’s day and honor veterans of all wars. Today, Veteran’s Day stands to honor all peacetime or wartime honorably serving veterans. And, I thank all veterans for their honorable service because each of you wrote a blank check to this country for the sum of up to and including your life. And, while we remember our brothers and sisters in arms during this Veterans Day, let us also remember those still fighting the darkness of grief and conflict in their soul. 

We Blinded Veterans have weathered the grieving process and journeyed the darkness more than once. This gives us the expert authority to guide our sibling warfighters through the dark places to a successful life and to thrive in their community and society!  After all, it is our mission to promote the welfare of blinded veterans and work with our fellow citizens to create a peaceful world. We do this by leading from the front, mentoring as a peer, and encouraging as a follower; for all positions allow Blinded Veterans to set the example of surviving to thrive in life and build that peaceful world
And that peaceful world begins in our souls. So as Veteran’s Day begins the holidays, remember to reach out to one another, and our fellow veteran organizations to help light up the darkness for those struggling. Offer a kind word, an ear to listen, a shoulder to lean on as we experts of surviving and thriving the grief and darkness of war, wounds, loss and blindness can lead our fellow veterans to a peaceful soul, society and world. So, on behalf of everyone here at BVA Headquarters, may you all light up the darkness and thrive in your communities, across America and around the world during all of the wonderous Holidays!