Support Blinded Veterans

Support Blinded VeteransOur brave service men and women have risked everything to keep us safe and sound. While we grieve for those who lost their lives, we must also support those who were injured in the line of duty. For our veterans who lost their eyesight in service to our country, the Blind Veterans Association (BVA) is there to provide support and allow them to live independently.

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Founded in 1945, BVA has been helping blinded vets ever since. Although chartered by the U.S. Congress, BVA receives no government funds.

Instead we rely on the generosity of Americans like you to provide free programs and services to any blinded veteran of any conflict. Thank you for your support!

Veterans Service Resource Center

The Veterans Service Resource Center is a one-stop shop for services provided by BVA, featuring a dedicated toll free number which any blind veteran across the nation can call and receive services from any BVA National Field Service Officer regardless of where they live. This streamlines services and provides consistency to all veterans.
Veterans Service Resource Center-Blinded Veterans Association

Government Relations

BVA employs government relations personnel who work with members of Congress, congressional staff, and government agencies including Veterans Administration to ensure that the needs of blinded veterans remain top-of-mind and, as appropriate, built into federal agency budgets.

Government Relations – Blinded Veterans Association

BVA 2020 Convention

BVA will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and hosting the 2020 National Convention in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned on our website, the Bulletin, and the Newsletter for more information in the coming months, see you next year!

 

Overview of Washington, D.C., with the Capitol Building in the foreground.

A key component of BVA’s communications and public relations efforts is the BVA Bulletin, a printed periodical that is available in three additional formats and also accessible online in both print and on YouTube. 


The Bulletin focuses on issues and events relating to blinded veterans and also covers general topics about veterans and current issues affecting them. The publication strives to keep its audience abreast of services, benefits, and legislation. It also provides as much detail as possible on issues relating to blind rehabilitation and the blind and visually impaired communities at large.

BVA's Mission

BVA's History

BVA traces its roots back to the end of World War II. The organization’s founders consisted of some 100 young men, mostly in their early 20s. Members of this unique group had recently lost their sight in the war and were recovering from their injuries at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital near Avon, Connecticut.

On March 28, 1945, the group held a meeting at the facility with the express purpose of forming an organization to help their fellow blinded veterans. Thirteen years later, BVA was chartered by the U.S. Congress to speak and write on behalf of blinded veterans in national legislative affairs. Ever since, BVA officers and staff have worked tirelessly to fulfill the Association’s mission and uphold the ideals expressed in its Congressional charter.

Throughout BVA’s history, Congress and the now Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly the Veterans Administration) have recognized BVA as the exclusive voice for blinded veterans nationwide. Read more about BVA’s historical achievements in advocating for blinded veterans and ensuring the VA delivers the services they need.

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