By becoming a BVA member, you are not only supporting our free programs for blinded veterans including:
- access to VA-certified Veteran Service Officers who assist blinded and vision-impaired veterans in navigating to and through services and benefits afforded them by virtue of their military service;
- invitations to participate in peer-guided and peer-partnered events where walking the walk and talking the talk with fellow blinded and vision-impaired veterans creates life-sustaining connections;
- opportunities to affiliate with local, regional, district and national veteran groups at social events, policy discussions, and advocacy efforts.
Who is Qualified?
Membership is offered to any person who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States if he/she has sustained an impairment of sight or vision. The criteria for impairment is defined as central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or a visual field restriction of no greater than 20 degrees or less in the better eye.
How to Become a Member?
You can join BVA now by contacting the BVA Membership Coordinator at 202-371-8880, Ext. 315, or by email [email protected], to request a Membership Application or Renewal Form. For new members, BVA requires certain supporting documents to accompany the application, see Required Membership Documents for full details.
Types of BVA Membership
Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is determined to be service-connected.
Associate Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is not determined to be service-connected by the VA or DOD.
A lifelong membership with a one-time payment of $25.00. There are no subsequent annual memberships required.
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP (WWII):
BVA offers free Life Membership for any legally blind veteran that served during World War II (December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946). Honorary Members shall have no direct voice or vote of any kind in the affairs of the Association, but may submit suggestions or recommendations for the consideration of the Association and attend meetings. Qualified Honorary Members are eligible for appointment to The National Chaplain and National Sergeant-at-Arms by The National Board of Directors.
Join BVA as an Affiliate Member
By becoming a BVA affiliate member, you are not only supporting our free programs for blinded veterans, you are also lending your voice to the Association as we advocate for policies and issues that affect every blinded veterans. With over 50 Regional Groups around the country, you can also take part on a local level in social events and raising awareness of the challenges facing blinded veterans.
Who is Qualified?
Any person or organization falling in the following criteria is eligible to become a BVA Affiliate Member.
Veterans & First Responders Affiliate Member: Veterans, First Responders, and Astronauts can become a Veterans & First Responders Affiliate Member for $50. Contact Us.
Occupational Affiliate Member:
Anyone falling the following criteria can become an Occupational Affiliate Member for as little as $75. Contact Us.
Blind Rehabilitation Services
- Low Vision Optometrist: $75
- Blind Rehabilitation Instructor: $75
- Blind Rehabilitation Optomotrist: $75
- Recreational Therapist: $75
- VIST Coordinator: $75
- BROS: $75
- Nurse: $75
- Social Worker: $75
- Veterans Administration Staff: $75
- Department of Defense Staff: $75
- Local: $100
- State: $100
- Federal: $100
Organizational Affiliate Member:
Any organization falling in the following criteria can become an Organizational Affiliate Member for as little as $300. Contact Us.
- State & Federal Agency: $300
- Small Business or Non-Profit: $500
- Corporate or Large Non-Profit: $1500
- Fortune 500: $5000
Benefits for Organizational Affiliate Members:
- All Organizational Affiliate Members qualify for member registration rate or 10% discount on conference registration, or Exhibitor Hall fee
- Opportunity to include material in conference bags
- Early access to sponsorship opportunities
- Full page ad in BVA convention program book
- Recognition on BVA’s website
- Together We Stand Newsletter and e-Newsletters
BVA Membership Application
You can download the application via the links below and mail it to:
BVA National Headquarters
125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print the .PDF file. A brochure outlining the features and benefits of being a BVA member is also available from regional group officers and BVA volunteer offices nationwide.
Empowering Blinded Veterans since 1945!
BVA is the Voice of Blinded Veterans. We currently boast a membership of thousands veterans of conflicts from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Add your voice to ours by joining today!
BVA Membership comes with many benefits, including:
BVA’s National Veteran Service Officers help veterans with filing VA claims, accessing benefits, learning about social support groups and adaptive sport activities.
BVA Regional Groups organize local activities like fishing trips and cook-outs, as well as offering social support and peer mentoring.
Add Your Voice:
As a member, you will be able to help set the agenda for the organization at the National Convention.
BVA has long been the voice of blinded veterans to Congress and the VA. As a BVA Member, you lend your support to our government advocacy on behalf of all blinded veterans.
Members periodically receive the BVA Bulletin, full of BVA member stories, legislative updates, and other important news and info.
Two scholarship programs are available to the spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans.