Join BVA

By becoming a BVA 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 veteran. 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 having been, or being, in the Armed Forces of the United States shall be eligible if he/she has sustained an impairment of sight or vision, which 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 BVA Membership Coordinator Cecilia Montenegro 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.

BVA Membership

Types of BVA Membership


Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is determined to be service-connected (In the line of Duty) by the VA or DOD

Associate Life Membership: Impairment of sight or vision is not determined to be service-connected (not Incurred in the line of Duty) by the VA or DOD

A lifelong membership with a one-time payment as shown below.

If you are a veteran that is:

66 years old and older:     $50.00  
61 years – 65 years:         $63.00  
55 years – 60 years:         $75.00  
45 years – 54 years:         $88.00  
44 years old or younger:  $100.00  

Life and Associate Life applicants have the option to make a $25.00 initial payment and two years to pay the balance of their Life Membership rate.

Annual Membership: $15.00 Annual Dues


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.

Dues: FREE

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.

BVA Application Word 2010
(Microsoft Word Document)
BVA Application Word 97-2003
(Microsoft Word Document)
BVA Application Large Print
(Microsoft Word Document)
Request To Verify Blindness VIST Coordinator
(Microsoft Word Document)
AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE for BVA Eligibility Verification
(Adobe PDF File)