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Contemplating the Meaning behind What We Have Missed The months of May and June are filled with meaningful dates to American patriots, historians, and sentimentalists— Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, Memorial Day on the fourth Monday, D-Day (the allied liberation of Western Europe in 1944) June 6, Flag Day June 14, and Father’s Day the third Sunday in June, which in 2020 will be June 21. These are unprecedented times for carrying
BVA / BVUK Pursue Joint Ocular Trauma Task Force The Blinded Veterans Association and Blind Veterans UK, already partners for some nine years in a series of initiatives that include residential and recreational rehabilitation, mentorship, and adaptive technology through Project Gemini, are now joining forces in an effort to gain support for a United States-United Kingdom Joint Ocular Trauma Task Force (JOTTF)that could move eye and vision research to even greater heights within the two
The Royal Society Formally the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, is the United Kingdom’s version of the national academy of sciences. Promoting excellence in science since 1660, it is the world’s oldest independent scientific academy. Left to right, Ginger Zampieri, Dr. Tom Zampieri, Dr. Renata Gomes, and James Jorkasky. Share and Enjoy !0Shares0 0 0
NEI STUDY REVEALS BROAD IMPLICATIONS FOR VISION RESTORATION A research project that was originally initiated to restore vision loss from dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may have broader applicability than originally believed. The research focuses on gene therapy that could treat additional eye diseases, both rare and common. Funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the research uses gold nanoparticles together with light to target specific cells in mouse retina. The scientists involved believe the
Historic Anniversary Commemorated Quietly March 28, 2020 was to be a day to remember in the annals of BVA’s history, just as it was 75 years before—to the very day. It will still be a day to remember, just not the way it was originally intended to be remembered.  On March 28, 1945, at 8:45 a.m., approximately 100 young men who had recently lost their sight in World War II combat gathered for a meeting
VAWK QSG COVID-19 VA Releases Guide for VA Health Care Benefits. This guide will help you learn how to use your VA health care benefits during this emerging health crisis and will provide links and resources you can reference to protect yourself and others. Share and Enjoy !0Shares0 0 0

Clarification for Economic Impact Payments

Veterans of the U.S. Military nationwide have begun asking about economic impact payments as a result of the recent stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by the President. The Blinded Veterans Association has recently joined forces with lawmakers and other advocates of veterans to request clarification regarding these COVID-19 economic payments for those who receive compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs but who do not normally file tax returns or receive payments from Social Security. A series of news releases offers clarification about such payments as well as for Social Security recipients.

Headquarters Statement Regarding COVID-19

The Blinded Veterans Association has been closely monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 virus from its Alexandria headquarters. We are especially mindful of our BVA membership and their families, located throughout the United States, during this most challenging time. Their health and welfare are our highest priority and the National Board of Directors continues to explore means by which our veterans with vision loss may be assisted in areas such as transportation, shopping, and filling prescriptions.


We are also concerned about the continued health and safety of our employees and their families. After much thoughtful consideration and deliberation among our national leaders and headquarters staff, BVA has determined to move all but a few of its employees to a virtual work environment until further notice. We will likely have a limited number of staff members still in our office, for the time being, but the specific days and hours may be reduced and/or shortened.


BVA staff will continue to take calls and read emails during this time. When calling BVA’s direct number, 202-371-8880, or the toll-free number, 800-669-7079, please use the recorded menu to contact a staff member directly or his/her department. Normally those two numbers reach a live receptionist. If this does not occur, a caller can still leave a voicemail with the receptionist, a department, or another individual. The time necessary to return a call may be extended somewhat at this time but we will make every effort possible to contact as soon as possible those who attempt to reach us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concern.


We wish our entire BVA family health, safety, and the best of spirits possible during this difficulty period throughout the world. We are confident that we can all get through this together.


Dr. Tom Zampieri, BVA National President

Joe Bogart, BVA Executive Director

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