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2019 Blinded Appalachian Trail in North Carolina “In Honor of Chief Joe Parker” BVA and BVUK Members and their guides standing in front of the Chattahoochee National Forest sign and billboard during the 2018 Blind Appalachian Trail event. Three members of the Blinded Veterans Association, along with their guides, will walk the 96-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Beginning on the 24th of September at Blue Ridge Gap in Northern Georgia, theses
How Visually Impaired Veterans Can Access a Range of Services at the VA If you’re a visually-impaired veteran, you face unique challenges. As with other disabled veterans, though, you have at your disposal potential benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. How you qualify and the available benefits will depend on the causes of your blindness. Blindness Due to Combat or Other Service You may qualify for VA disability benefits, such as tax-free monthly payments,
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Scholarships, Grants and Financial Assistance Exclusively for US Veterans Many active-duty service members and veterans have access to the GI Bill to help pay for college. Although it is an excellent program to help pay for some college expenses, it often does not cover the entire cost of college. The good news is many scholarships for veterans are available to help pay some of the additional expenses. Scholarships for Veterans Veterans and their families have
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Convincing Arguments for Hiring a Lawyer to Pursue Military and VA Benefits The old adage of the military taking care of its own rings true for many circumstances. However, winning benefits that you are rightfully entitled to as an active military member or veteran can be more challenging than you think. The division of the military that oversees the disbursement of aid, like services for the blind, tightly regulates the money that is put into
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The Blinded Veterans Association is Looking for a Director of Government Relations BVA_2019_8_AUG Announcement Director of Government Relations Share and Enjoy !0Shares0 0 0
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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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