BVA currently has an immediate opening for a full time, National Veterans Service Officer, NVSO (2/15/2019) 
   

For Immediate release:

                 

Posted on February 4, 2019

 

 

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans.

 

BVA currently has an immediate opening for a full time, National Veterans Service Officer (NVSO) located at the FSP Resource Center in Alexandria, VA. Resume and cover letter must be received by March 1, 2019.

 

Acting under the general supervision of the Chief of Veterans Services, the (NVSO) is responsible for:

 

  • Providing assistance to blind and visually impaired veterans.
  • Informing veterans of available federal, state, and local benefits and programs.
  • Acting as a role model for the benefits of blind rehab training for blinded veterans and assisting family members in realizing ways to cope with loss of sight and the value of rehabilitation.
  • Completing of NVLSP’s Basic Training Course within two weeks of hire.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • An Associate Degree in a related field such as counseling, blind rehabilitation or social work is preferred. Education may be substituted with additional training or work in a closely related field including Veterans Benefits.
  • Knowledge of the Veterans Affairs healthcare structure, benefits from the VA for blinded veterans and federal, state and local resources that serve blinded veterans and the visually impaired population.
  • A working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • The ability to articulate the needs of blinded veterans to a variety of people; work independently; advise blinded veterans and their families on the benefits and rights they are entitled to through the VA; work effectively with the public and all other BVA staff; represent the BVA in public meetings; compile reports for the National Director, FSP and to utilize all available resources in obtaining benefits for blinded veterans.
  • Be a Veteran of U.S. Military Service with a discharge, time-in-service or medical retirement characterized on a DD-214 as Honorable with a V.A. disability rating of 30% or higher or be a dependent of a Veteran of U.S. Military Service with a discharge, time-in-service or medical retirement characterized on a DD-214 as Honorable with a V.A. disability rating of 30% or higher.
  • If the candidate is legally blind, he or she must have attended and successfully completed a rehabilitation training program at one of the Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Centers.
  • If visually impaired, must be proficient in use of special aids or equipment for the blind or visually impaired. This includes correspondence and report writing capabilities.
  • Proficiency in mobility and the ability to travel independently, if required.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

 

Job Type:       Full-time position working 37.5 hours per week.

 

Salary:            $15.00 per hour plus benefits package

 

Hours:             NVSO Resource Center staff must be willing to work a rotating schedule of day and evening shifts with occasional weekends.

 

To be considered for this position, please submit resume and cover letter by email to:

 

BVA Field Service Resource Center

Attention: Claudia Baldwin

Chief of Veterans Services

125 N. West St, 3rd Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314

Email: fieldservice@bva.org

 

 

Blinded Veterans Association Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



 BVA Proudly Supports Gold Star Families Remembrance Day (2/7/2019) 
   

BVA Proudly Supports Gold Star Families Remembrance Day 

 

BVA is proud to support legislation to designate March 2, 2019 as " Gold Star Families Remembrance Day."  This day honors and recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of veterans and members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives to defend freedom and protect the United States.  March 2, 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of President Calvin Coolidge signing an Act of Congress that approved and funded the first Gold Star pilgrimage to enable Gold Star families to travel to the grave-sites of their loved ones who died during World War I.

 



 BVA is Looking for a Full-Time Communications and Development Assistant (2/7/2019) 
   

BVA is Looking for a Full-Time Communications/Development Assistant

For Immediate release:

                                   

Posted on February 6th, 2019

 

BVA currently has an immediate opening for a full-time, Communications/Development Assistant at the BVA National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Resume with contact information, 1-page writing sample and cover letter must be received by February 18th, 2019.

 

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a congressionally chartered organization of blinded veterans serving blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, public education and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we strive to make life better for blinded veterans.

 

Description:

 

The Communications/Development Assistant will provide high-level writing, proofreading, and editing support to the integrated Blinded Veteran’s Association (“BVA”) Development and Communications Team.  This position will provide hands-on creative content support for educational, fundraising, and informational campaigns in all mediums, and will assist with prospect research, tracking donor databases, and coordinating donor recognition activities. The Communications/Development Assistant will also assist with functions related to fundraising, including development invoice processing, cultivating and soliciting donors, coordinating stewardship and other special fundraising events, and regularly communicating with donors and sponsors.

 

Required Skills and Experience:

 

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field with two years internship or related professional experience. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Excellent time management, organizational and interpersonal skills. Effective and accurate data analysis and interpretation skills. Accurate and proficient keyboard skills along with print design/production experience. Ability to work and solve problems independently with little supervision. A creative and investigative thinker

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

 

  1. Veteran of U.S. Military Service with a discharge, time-in-service or medical retirement characterized on a DD-214 as Honorable with a V.A. disability rating of 70% or higher.

     

  2. Be a Veteran or dependent of a Veteran of U.S. Military Service with a discharge, time-in-service or medical retirement characterized on a DD-214 as Honorable.

 

Job Type: Full-time position working 37.5 hours/week.

 

Classification: Non-Exempt – Can earn overtime

 

Salary: $17.00 /hour

 

Work Station Location:

 

The position of Communications/Development Assistant is located in the BVA National Office.  Some local and national travel may be required; otherwise, the Communications/Development Assistant is expected to work in the National Office Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

 

Administrative Notes:

 

This job description does not list all duties of the job.  You may be asked by supervisors or managers to perform other instructions and duties.  You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.

 

Management has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not a contract for employment.

 

This position is at-will.  Either you or BVA may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

 

BVA background check will be performed.

 

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To be considered for this position, please submit resume with contact information included, cover letter and 1-page writing sample in Microsoft Word format by email to:

 

Blinded Veterans Association

Attention: Mr. Chester Curtis

Chief of Public Relations

125 N. West St, 3rd Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314

Email: kspence-gilbert@bva.org

 

The Blinded Veterans Association Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

See Below for Job Description PDF




 Blinded Veterans Participate in Adaptive Skiing (1/25/2019) 
   


Blinded Veterans Participate in Adaptive Skiing


(Alexandria, VA) - Blinded Veterans Association’s (BVA) Operation Peer Support (OPS) program has partnered with Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) in Colorado to assist BVA’s members in participating in adaptive skiing.  Eight members of the BVA will join three sighted guides traversing the mountain beginning January 23, 2019 and concluding January 27, 2019.  The participants and guides will be Raquel Welch, Lawrence Harrison, Brian Harris, Lonnie Bedwell, Adrian Mohammed, Eric Marts, Daniel Wallace, Carlos Pere, Darlene Pirtle, Amanda Mohammed, and Nicholas Marts.


Operation Peer Support, created in 2006 by the Blinded Veterans Association, enables vision impaired and blinded veterans to increase their coping skills and overcome depression and isolation, while increasing their physical activity, self-sufficiency and hope.  STARS mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational sports. They were established in 2007 by a group of parents, ski instructors, and management from Steamboat Ski Corporation to help provide improved winter recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.


“We agree that recreation can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities,” said Joe Bogart, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association.  “Programs like the STARS program help individuals with disabilities to discover the outdoors, learn new skills to overcome health challenges, as well as develop stronger interpersonal skills.”


For more information contact Danielle Petty at 202-371-8880

 

The BVA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.  BVA has more than 50 Regional Groups representing 7,500 members.

 



 BVA Announces Tulsa as 74th Convention Site (1/25/2019) 
   


BVA Announces Tulsa as 74th Convention Site

 

Blinded Veterans and their families may now begin planning to attend BVA’s 74th National Convention in Tulsa, OK.  The five-day event will convene on Monday, August 12th, and culminate on Friday, August 16th, 2019.

To make your hotel reservations, please call the Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills at 800-507-1471 and identify yourself as part of BVA’s event with the code “GBVA18.”

Information on registration and room rates will be available at a later date.


For additional information, visit
www.bva.org/convention