Milwaukee Convention Hosts Vision Technology, Rehabilitation, Consumer Protection Experts

Four leading authorities on emerging vision rehabilitation, consumer protection of veterans, retinal research, and other technological advances affecting the blind and visually impaired spoke in a forum setting on Thursday, August 25 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

The forum, which ran from 8:30 a.m. until Noon in the hotel’s Regency Ballroom, is one of several educational components of the Blinded Veterans Association’s 71st National Convention. The August 22-26 gathering features organizational business meetings, social events, and an Exhibit Hall open to the public.

Forum speakers were The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD, professor of ophthalmology and a retinal specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute; Tony Camili of the Consumer Financial Protection Board; and Kelly Egan, Customer Relationship Manager for Sprint focusing on services and telecommunications technology to the blind and low-vision community.

BVA’s membership of 8,500 includes blinded veterans from the BVA of Wisconsin Regional Group, one of 52 groups nationwide. All BVA members share a common bond as legally blind veterans. They resolve to help one another understand and receive the rightful benefits they earned through their service. The Association also represents the interests of its members before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages all blinded veterans to participate in VA blind rehabilitation programs.

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 62 years.

Eligibility for assistance does not require that a veteran’s blindness be service connected. 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 organization’s website at