Blind Veterans UK To Host American Veterans in England

Four Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) combat blinded American veterans will share knowledge, insights, and friendship with their British army war-blinded comrades in England May 30-June 7, 2015.

The seven-day exchange, now popularly known as Project Gemini, will be based at the Blind Veterans UK Brighton Centre outside London. Five members of Blinded Veterans UK and two South African war-blinded veterans will also join this year’s annual exchange.

Project Gemini, initiated in May 2011 and named for the transatlantic cable that connects the United States and the United Kingdom, is a joint initiative between the nonprofit organizations Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and Blind Veterans UK. The initiative seeks to heighten public awareness within the two countries of the issues facing veterans with vision loss, resulting in improvements in services and benefits for both them and their families. This year’s international airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport to London Heathrow International was donated by British Airways.

Project Gemini’s original purpose was the sharing of vision rehabilitation information among the veterans themselves. The educational scope of the program later widened to include visits and training sessions with officials of the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research.

The 2015 exchange will again address the similarities and differences in vision research and the rehabilitation training programs offered to veterans within each of the three countries represented. Adaptive technology and sports for the blind will also be discussed and put to practical use during the week.

Other highlights are a tour of the Blind Veterans UK rehabilitation center, blind archery, and blind bowling competition. Visits to the Brighton Royal Pavilion, Hastings Castle, the Imperial War Museum, and other nearby sites will also be included. On June 4 the group will tour London, the focus of which will be a special Buckingham Palace Garden reception commemorating the 100th anniversary of Blind Veterans UK. That evening the group will meet the renowned Wellington Guards and share an official “mess” dinner.

During the exchange, both groups of veterans will also share helpful hints about coping with blindness and the “war stories” that are part of their personal adjustment to blindness and subsequent rehabilitation. OIF participants are Army Staff Sergeant Jason Pepper, Army Sergeant Adam Rowland, Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale, and Marine Corporal Chris Rader. Major Tom Zampieri (Ret.), a legally blind veteran himself and member of the BVA National Board of Directors, will accompany the veterans as trip coordinator. BVA National President and Air Force veteran Mark Cornell of San Antonio, Texas, will also make the trip and experience Project Gemini for the first time.

Project Gemini is an outgrowth of Operation Peer Support, a BVA program begun in 2006 that brings together veterans of recent conflicts with those who have lost their sight during the Vietnam, Korea, and World War II eras. The objective of the program is to provide veterans who have lost their sight most recently with opportunities to interact with men and women who can, as a result of their experience, serve as natural role models and mentors.

Blind Veterans UK, formerly St. Dunstan’s, is the British national charity for visually impaired ex-servicemen and women. Tracing its founding back to 1915 during World War I, the organization now offers free and comprehensive support to all UK blinded veterans.

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Blinded Veterans Revitalize at Georgia Ranger Training Camp

Five members of the Blinded Veterans Association with unusually high levels of strength, stamina, endurance, and perhaps even some extra doses of courage left over from their days in the military recently participated in a long weekend of rigorous U.S. Army Mountain Ranger training.

The site of the training, held April 22-26, was Camp Frank D. Merrill Military Base in Dahlonega, Georgia, located in the northern part of the state. The base is the general meeting point for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion and a school for rangers.

With travel sponsored by BVA and the idea brought to fruition by the Association’s National Sergeant-At-Arms Danny Wallace of Union, Missouri, the trip to Camp Merrill and the subsequent training to be an Army Ranger was for the blinded veterans much like it is for actual ranger trainee recruits.

“We displayed our unstoppable drive not only to ourselves but to the elite U.S. Army Rangers,” Danny declared as the five-day experience came to an end.

Danny was accompanied in the training, conducted by his fellow rangers and overseen by the U.S. Army Mountain Ranger Association, by veterans who were injured in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan within the last ten years: Steve Baskis of Veronia, Wisconsin; Lonnie Bedwell of Dugger, Indiana; Aaron Hale of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; and Michael Malarsie of South Jordan, Utah.

Blinded veteran Lonnie Bedwell, already known in BVA circles for his kayaking exploits in the Grand Canyon, scales synthetic rock wall during Army Ranger training April 24. The group performed mountaineering feats at both the camp and at nearby Mount Yonah in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest of northern Georgia.

Blinded veteran Lonnie Bedwell, already known in BVA circles for his kayaking exploits in the Grand Canyon, scales synthetic rock wall during Army Ranger training April 24. The group performed mountaineering feats at both the camp and at nearby Mount Yonah in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest of northern Georgia.

Activities consisted of mountaineering training that included hiking up a rock-strewn trail toward cliffs they would later climb and repel. At the cliffs the Ranger cadre and instructors set up eight climbing stations at which each trainee could prove himself on the vertical rock. The instructors assisted them in tying knots and ascending the rock face. Later in the day they moved back to a base camp and climbed a synthetic rock wall and performed additional repelling.

“The trip to Camp Merrill was truly amazing and something I will never forget,” said Steve Baskis. “I felt an overwhelming sense of pride for the chance to work again with fellow comrades who served in the same war as I did.”

The five ranger trainees also conducted both a 5K and a 15K run. In addition, they were invited to the Gainesville, Georgia Police Department, where they shot live fire using shotguns, assault rifles, and pistols.

The act of participating in physical fitness, recreation, and sports can be a great recovery tool,” said Steve. “Communication skills, confidence, trust, and independence are only a few attributes that can be gained and refined by participating in a program like this.”

Steve’s comments were echoed by Michael Malarsie, who also lauded the program and overall experience.

“When I retired from the military, I assumed I’d miss the people I served with and all of the exciting things I was able to do, but I had didn’t expect to miss it as much as I do,” he said. “Being at Ranger Camp was a boost and a reminder of the things I love.”

Michael was as emphatic about his associations with fellow comrades as he was about the activities themselves.

“Not only was the rappelling, rock climbing, and shooting an absolute blast but the chance to spend so much time with people just like me was revitalizing,” he said. “I made amazing new friends and we’re already planning to meet up later this year—can’t thank enough BVA and the rangers for making this opportunity happen and for letting me be a part of it.”

In addition to the rigorous physical activity, the veterans were treated to a barbecue, a fish fry, and a critter cookout in the evenings.

“When I’ve heard about ranger training in the past, I’ve heard about a lack of food,” Steve joked. “In this case food was in high abundance with a store even across the street so there was no way we were going to be allowed to starve!”

The experience was sufficiently memorable and impactful that the veterans urged BVA to make its support an annual occurrence.

“I’m motivated and excited to get back to normal life and take it head on!” stressed Michael. “I sincerely hope this sort of event starts become a regular one on the BVA calendar.”

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Three blinded U.S. military veterans affiliated with the Blinded Veterans Association’s Operation Peer Support initiative will share their stories of vision loss as a result of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) suffered in combat situations as part of a special presentation and panel discussion May 2 in Denver, Colorado.

The session is free of charge and open to the public. Scheduled for the Colorado Convention Center’s Mile High Ballroom 1CD, the discussion is a preliminary event of the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the largest eye and vision research organization in the world.

The ARVO conference is the largest international gathering of eye and vision researchers, attracting more than 11,000 attendees from approximately 75 countries. Official dates of the conference are May 3-7.

Panelists are Navy Chief Petty Officer Glenn Minney (Ret.), current Director of Government Relations at the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, severely injured in 2005 when an Iraqi mortar exploded 30 feet in front of him; Army Staff Sergeant Sean Johnson (Ret.), injured in the line of duty by a mortar blast in 2006; and Army Sergeant Shianti Lee (Ret.), injured in 2005 when the vehicle in which she was riding was hit by explosives while accompanying Special Forces on a mission in Taji, Iraq.

Following panelist participation and their stories of vision loss, a question and answer period will be open to participation by all attendees. Retired National Football League running back Terrell Davis, Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXXII (1998), a game in which he also experienced a concussion and temporary blindness, will be in attendance and present closing comments at the end of the session.

Each of the panelists is legally blind while retaining a minimal degree of vision. All experienced Traumatic Brain Injury among their multiple injuries. BVA first became acquainted with them and their stories when inviting them to attend a BVA national convention as part of Operation Peer Support, an initiative connecting combat-blinded veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam with newly blinded veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, most often by improvised explosive devices or sniper fire.

The session will open with presenters Ann C. Mckee, MD of Boston University (Retinal Pathology in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy); Randy H. Kardon, MD, PhD of the University of Iowa (Visual Sensory Impairments and Progression Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury); Glenn C. Cockerham, MD, PhD of the Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System (Afferent Visual Function in Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury); and Lee E. Goldstein, MD, PhD of Boston University (Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Athletes, Combat Veterans, and Experimental Models of Impact and Blast Neurotrauma: Implications for Ophthalmology and Vision Research).

BVA was established in March of 1945 when a small but close-knit group of World War II blinded veterans gathered together in Avon, Connecticut. The founders hoped to help newly blinded veterans adjust to life without sight and to regain their confidence and independence. This dedication has continued for 70 years. Eligibility for assistance does not require that a veteran’s blindness be service connected. There is no charge for any BVA service. For further information, call BVA at 800-669-7079 or visit the organization’s website,


Winter Sports Clinic Offers Veterans New Hopes, Heights

Some 350 veterans from across the United States, all of whom have been challenged in their lives with at least one disability that in several cases includes vision loss, have converged this week on Snowmass Village, Colorado.

The purpose of their trip, the 29th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic held March 29-April 3, consists of five days of physically demanding competition, training, instructional workshops, rehabilitative recreation, leisure activities that offer participants new opportunities for camaraderie and the attainment of new personal heights.

Co-sponsored and organized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the clinic is the largest rehabilitative program of its kind in the world today.

BVA Region 6 National Claims Officer for veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn

BVA Region 6 National Claims Officer for veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn

Activities in 1987, its inaugural year, were primarily adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing. They have grown over the years to curling, scuba diving, fly fishing, wheel chair golf, wheelchair self-defense, wheelchair fencing, amputee volleyball, rock wall climbing, sled hockey, trap shooting, blues harmonica instruction, dog sledding, kayaking, and even goal ball for the blind and visually impaired.

The clinic targets disabled veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, neurological disorders, and visual impairments. It seeks to enable veterans to re-discover their lives after facing a new disability and encouraging them to reject the limits that society poses on them because of such a disability. The long-term goal is to help the disabled veteran achieve higher levels of self-actualization and empower him/her to live a happier, healthier, and more productive lifestyle.

Although expenses such as lift tickets, meals, and equipment are covered by the event, attendees pay for their own transportation and hotel rooms. The balance of the event budget, approximately 80 percent, is taken care of by donations and sponsorships.

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Blinded Veterans Association Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), the only Congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to promoting the welfare of the nation’s blinded veterans and their families, will commemorate 70 years of such service on March 28.

Veterans blinded during World War II established the Blinded Veterans Association at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital just outside Avon, Connecticut, on March 28, 1945. The founders of the new organization hoped to help newly blinded veterans adjust to life without sight and regain their confidence and independence through education, rehabilitation, and camaraderie. Through BVA’s advocacy during its 70 years of service, blinded veterans enjoy unprecedented access to world-class Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) residential rehabilitation programs, technology, and the benefits and compensation that they have rightly earned as a result of their service.

Since 2010, the Association and its constituents and friends have referred to March 28 as Blind Veterans Day. The designation stems from House Joint Resolution 80 of the 111th Congress, authored by then Representative Debbie Halvorson of Illinois. The resolution, which acknowledged the Association’s humble beginnings and called upon all Americans to remember blinded veterans on March 28 in future years, was also passed by the Senate on March 18, 2010 and signed by President Barack Obama on April 7 of that same year.

All BVA members share a common bond as legally blind veterans. As members, they resolve to assist others in understanding and receiving the rightful benefits they earned by virtue of their service and to learn how to live and work independently. BVA also represents the interests of all legally blind veterans before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages them to participate in VA rehabilitation programs.

BVA’s Field Service Program provides emotional support and counsel to blinded and visually impaired veterans. It also links them with VA benefits and serves as an advocate for them in the VA claims process. Eligibility for assistance is not dependent on service-connected blindness. Loss of sight may result from macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or other conditions of the eyes.

Recent VA research estimates that there are now approximately 132,000 legally blind veterans in the United States. BVA seeks to locate the more than half of these men and women not yet identified or enrolled in VA Health Care programs.

There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite for assistance. For further information, call BVA at 800-669-7079 or visit the BVA website at

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BVA District 2 Announces Monthly Leadership Training Teleconference

BVA District 2 Director Freddie Edwards recently announced the creation of a monthly leadership training teleconference for BVA leaders & members. Each month will feature different topics regarding BVA, strategies for the regional groups, and opportunities to meet representatives of each state. This recurring teleconference starts on the second Monday of each month at 1300 or 1:00 PM Central Standard Time.

Full details for the next training opportunity:

This month, Paul Mimms (BVA National Treasurer) and Freddie Edwards (District 2 Director), summarize the actions by the BVA National Board during the BVA Mid-Year Board meeting. This week-long session allowed the National Board to visit the new BVA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, conduct an in-depth look at current BVA actions, and set the agenda for the future.

The second part of this training teleconference will examine precisely how a Regional Group might implement Robert’s Rules of Order in their meetings. It is strongly advised to review the BVA Regional Manual on this topic.

The precise agenda for the teleconference includes:

  • General Introductions (5 minutes), Everyone
  • Mid-Year Board Meeting Summary (30 minutes), Paul and Freddie
  • Robert’s Rules of Order (30 Minutes), Paul
  • Question and Answers (10 minutes), Everyone

The following list outlines the tentative topics the teleconference will cover this year:


  • Duties and responsibilities of Regional Group Officers
  • Proposed Guest Speakers – BVA Executive Committee


  • Services and functions of the BVA Field Service Officers and National Volunteer Field Service Officer
  • Proposed Guest Speaker – BVA Field Service Officer


  • What is a Regional Group Delegate, and what do they do?


  • BVA National Convention Overview and business related activities
  • Proposed Guest Speaker – BVA Convention Manager


  • Informal meeting reviewing the National Convention


  • BVA National Convention summary


  • Identifying, developing, and executing outreach objectives


  • End of the year review

If you have specific questions about BVA, Blind Rehab Services, or other topics, please email Freddie Edwards, (, Paul Mimms, (, or Timothy Hornik, (

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BVA Saddened by Passing of Buck Knife Philanthropist and Friend

Charles T. “Chuck” Buck, the third generation behind the Buck Knives company and most recently the company’s chairman, passed away February 6 of congestive heart failure.

Buck was a supporter of BVA and its mission, having sponsored events at national conventions. In August 2013 at the BVA 68th National Convention, Buck Knives, Inc. supported the Father Carroll Luncheon and other convention activities.

Retired Marine Graham Crutchfield, a close friend of Buck’s, presented all blinded veteran attendees at the Association’s 64th National Convention in Portland, Oregon, with a personalized commemorative Buck Knife following the convention’s Opening Business Session. Crutchfield coordinated the raising of the funds to purchase the knives at cost from Buck.

The knives were presented at the same convention to Operation Peer Support participants in a special meeting that recognized their sacrifice and service.

           According to Crutchfield, although Buck has supplied the knives to literally thousands of service members, veterans, and families who have experienced the wounds of war from 2005 to the present, he was well aware of BVA’s mission and work—and mindful of the knives presented to veterans with sight loss.

            “The presentations to the blinded veterans were important to him,” said Crutchfield. “As a Navy veteran he understood something of the sacrifices that had been made and what these brave men and women—and their families—have gone through.”

            Buck included with every Buck knife a message from the Buck family addressing the growth of Buck Knives and the determination to make God their Senior Partner.

“I have worked with both Graham and Chuck in the past on projects to get out the Buck Knives to veterans,” said BVA National Vice President Dale Stamper. “Chuck was a great advocate for veterans and we will miss him greatly.”

The first celebration of his life will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, and a final memorial will be held on in San Diego, California, on May 13, the date on which he would have turned 79.

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BVA Member Honored with VA National Volunteer Award

James Hogan, a longtime member of the Southern California Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) and a volunteer with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for the past 12 years, has been recognized as VA’s National Male Volunteer of the Year.

The official award presentation will occur during the 69th Annual VA Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee Meeting and Conference held April 22-24, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

James Hogan, a resident of Canyon Country, California, has logged more than 2,800 hours of voluntary service during his tenure. He is one of 260 BVA volunteers nationwide performing 34,177 hours of service during BVA’s Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014).

Jim & Atticus

Jim & Atticus

James’ dedicated service has also involved his wife, Pam, who volunteers with him. In addition, his guide dog of nine years, Atticus, has worked as a therapy dog for VA Healthcare System patients.

James performs a multitude of volunteer tasks as a VA volunteer, serving blind and visually impaired veterans who are enrolled in the Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) program. As such, he helps veterans attend fishing trips by arranging transportation and for them. He also helps organize monthly VIST Support Group activities. One of his specialties is also outreach to younger Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and their families regarding benefits, adjustment to disability, and educational opportunities. He also actively serves his fellow blinded veterans within his BVA regional group.

James visits regularly with veterans at the Sepulveda VA Community Living Center and Hospice and mobilizes the local Disabled American Veterans chapter to bring food goodies and cheer to hospitalized patients. Accompanied by Pam and Atticus, he visits veterans at the California State Veterans Homes in the Cities of Lancaster, Ventura, Barstow, and West Los Angeles.

James, Pam, and Atticus work with Vietnam Veterans of America on their annual Homeless Stand Downs in Ventura and Antelope Valley, California. They help the Elks raise funds for their annual veterans’ luncheon at their lodge and drive Boy Scouts to place more than 6,000 flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, James Hogan was diagnosed with hearing loss as a young boy and quickly began utilizing hearing devices. Determined to fulfill his dream of serving his country, he enlisted in the Navy following graduation from high school in 1966. After serving 4½ years in Vietnam combat areas, he re-entered civilian life in 1973. Ten years later, he was diagnosed with Ushers II, a degenerative disease that causes both vision and hearing loss.

Despite his setbacks, James has worked relentlessly to maintain his active lifestyle. He, Pam, and Atticus are often seen riding through town on a Lightfoot Duo Recumbent Cycle, a side-by-side, two-seat quadracycle they obtained after a refresher course James took at the Palo Alto VA Blind Rehabilitation Center in 2012. He has also been an avid spokesman on behalf of those with hearing loss for the HearStrong Foundation. Last year he was proclaimed as a HearStrong champion by the organization.

The Blinded Veterans Association has assisted blinded veterans and their families in adjusting to life without sight and in regaining confidence and independence since 1945. The organization of approximately 11,500 members was originally founded in Avon, Connecticut, by combat blinded veterans of World War II. For more information, visit

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Scholarships Announced for 2015-16 Academic School Year

BVA will award seven total scholarships for the 2015-16, six under the Kathern F. Gruber classification and one through the Thomas H. Miller program.

The Gruber scholarships are valued at $2,000 each and the Miller scholarship is for $1,000.

The Miller program, now in its third year, requires the same application process and qualifications as the Gruber awards except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts. The scholarship committee will choose seven recipients and three alternates.

Dependent children, grandchildren, and spouses of both blinded veterans and active duty blinded service members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the scholarships. The veteran must be legally blind and the blindness may be either service connected or nonservice connected. The veteran need not be a member of the Blinded Veterans Association.

To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must have been accepted for admission, or already be enrolled, as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education or business, secretarial, or vocational training school.

BVA began its first scholarship program more than 30 years ago. The awards are intended to defray a student’s educational expenses, including tuition, books, and other academic fees. Scholarship payments will be made by BVA directly to the educational institution.

The scholarships will be awarded on a “most-highly-qualified” basis utilizing the following criteria: answers to questions on the application form; transcripts of high school and/or college records; three letters of reference; and a 300-word essay relating to the applicant’s career goals and aspirations as well as past awards and achievements.

Scholarships are awarded for one year only. Applicants are advised that the BVA National Board of Directors has determined that Gruber and Miller scholarship recipients are limited to a total of four scholarships during their college careers.

Applications for the scholarships may be obtained from the Blinded Veterans Association, 125 N. West St, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314, at (look on Programs page in section entitled “Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships and Thomas H. Miller Awards”), or by emailing the request to

Completed applications and supporting materials must be returned to BVA no later than Friday, April 17, 2015. Due to time constraints related to processing the applications for the scholarship committee’s review, applications arriving subsequent to the aforementioned deadline will not be accepted.

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Foley Moved BVA Forward in ’90s

Carl E. Foley, BVA Past National President and one of the Association’s most influential national leaders of the latter part of the 20th century, passed away January 15 after an extended illness.

The BVA National Board of Directors, staff, members, and friends of BVA nationwide are saddened to hear of his passing and express condolences to Arlene, Carl’s wife of 62-plus years, and his entire family.

A member of the O-K-I Regional Group, Carl was largely responsible for the formation of the group just prior to his election as National President in 1993 at the 48th National Convention in Tucson, Arizona. He first joined BVA in 1973 and served as Director of District 2 from 1976 to 1986.

Carl was known in BVA circles as a man of action who enjoyed innovation, be it new technology, organizational change, or simply trying something different. Friend and fellow regional group member Charles Kuhnwald credits Carl with initiating the Visual Impairment Service Team program at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and bringing the national convention to Cincinnati a year into his national presidency in 1994.

Born in Middletown, Ohio, Carl spent most of his youth in Ohio before his family moved first to Detroit and then to Allen Park, Michigan, during his high school years.

Carl is a Korean War era veteran of the U.S. Air Force and spent much of his time stationed in Japan. Following his discharge from active duty for service-connected vision loss due to an infection of histoplasmosis leading to coreal retinitis, Carl earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Anderson University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon.

Despite his vision loss, which was especially severe in one eye, Carl was able to teach algebra and calculus in Kettering, Ohio, in the early 1970s. Shortly after he lost vision in the second eye and therefore his central vision, Carl resigned from teaching and began selling a Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV) system to other visually impaired individuals. The CCTV, a novelty at that time, allowed him to read and write again.

In 1986 he received a plaque from Visualtek, Inc. for $500,000 in sales. Despite his blindness, he also taught both of his children, Karla and Eric, to drive so that they could transport him to his sales appointments.

Carl worked his way up the BVA leadership chain after the ten years as District Director and a host of positions within his regional group, beginning as National Treasurer in 1987 and culminating as Immediate Past National President in 1997. He was also a member of the American Council of the Blind and founded the Council of Citizens with Low Vision for the Dayton, Ohio area.

In a one-on-one interview with then BVA Communications Coordinator Christopher Bentley shortly after his election as National President, Carl revealed his action-driven character and personality with the following: “Now as President, I want BVA to do more than just maintain the status quo for the next two years. I want us to develop more ways to start new programs. I will certainly keep the membership informed and challenged to help in some near future projects.”

Funeral services for Carl Foley were January 22 in Middletown, Ohio. They were followed by military services at Woodside Cemetery by the Middletown Combined Honor Guard.

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