Project Gemini


The exchange between the two groups is part of BVA’s Project Gemini initiative, an outgrowth of its Operation Peer Support program that encourages mentoring and role modeling for veterans who are adjusting to blindness and family members who must also make adjustments in their lives.

Project Gemini is a joint effort of Blind Veterans UK of London, England, and BVA, which is headquartered in Washington, DC. The first Project Gemini exchange occurred in May 2011, when American blinded veterans, traveled to England for a six-day educational exchange to share knowledge, insights, and friendship with their British comrades. The highly successful exchange resulted in plans for a continuing exchange program between the two organizations.


2013 Project Gemini Exchange at Arundel Castle

Operation Peer Support, which began in 2006, brings together veterans of recent conflicts with those who have lost their sight in earlier wars. The objective of the program is to provide veterans who have recently lost their sight with opportunities to interact with men and women who have led happy and prosperous lives despite their blindness and who can serve as role models. The exchange with veterans from the UK dates back to 2008 when BVA invited three blinded British service members to attend its 63rd National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 shortly after the outbreak of World War I. BVA traces its beginnings to a meeting of a group of 118 war-blinded servicemen on March 28, 1945, at Avon Old Farms Convalescent Hospital near Avon, Connecticut.

Project Gemini News Articles

Blind Appalachian Trail Event Blind Appalachian Trail Event

Blind Appalachian Trail Event Blind Appalachian Trail Event

British & US Blinded Veterans Unite at 13th Annual Major Charles Robert Soltes Memorial Golf Event British and U.S. Blinded Veterans Unite at 13th Annual Major Charles Robert Soltes Memorial Golf Event

U.S. Blinded Veterans Join with British Counterparts for Project Gemini Exchange in Southern CA. U.S. Blinded Veterans Join with British Counterparts for Project Gemini Exchange in Southern CA.

Gathering of Veterans in London To Focus on War-Related Vision Injuries Blind Veterans UK to Host U.S. Veterans May 21-27 in London To Raise Awareness about War-Related Vision Injuries

Project Gemini Offers Binding Link to Veterans of Two Nations Project Gemini Offers Binding Link to Veterans of Two Nations

American and British Blinded Veterans To Unite in Commemoration of World War I Blinded Veterans To Present Annual Congressional Testimony

City of Festivals Sep-Oct 2016 September-October 2016 BVA Bulletin City of Festivals Imparts Hospitality, Warmth

Building Bridges July-Aug 2016 July-August 2016 BVA Bulletin Building Bridges in Wales and Chicago

U.S. Blinded Veterans To Host British Comrades At VA Blind Rehabilitation Center Blinded Veterans Association BVA U.S. Blinded Veterans To Host British Comrades At VA Blind Rehabilitation Center

Project Gemini #4 Proves Big Hit Spring 2014 

Blind Veterans UK to Host American Veterans in England Blind Veterans UK to Host American Veterans in England

BVA Receives British Armed Forces Surgeon General BVA Receives British Armed Forces Surgeon General

British Blinded Veterans to Join U.S. Comrades in Galveston British Blinded Veterans to Join U.S. Comrades in Galveston

NAEVR Lauds Project Gemini Experience NAEVR Lauds Project Gemini Experience

Blind Veterans UK to Host American Veterans in Brighton Blind Veterans UK to Host American Veterans in Brighton

Project Gemini Opens New Doors Project Gemini Opens New Doors

BVA Members Seen on BBC-TV Segment BVA Members Seen on BBC-TV Segment

Bristish Blinded Veterans to Host US Comrades in London Bristish Blinded Veterans to Host US Comrades in London