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March 18, 2010
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March 18, 2010
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My father is a Korean War Veteran who became blind and thanks to BVA in Puerto Rico he was able to receive all the support possible and the process was very smooth. He received training from Blind Rehabilitation Center in Puerto Rico Veteran Hospital which has the best staff in the world. Come and visit and experience for yourself. Without the help from this excellent organization my father would still be in depression and no quality of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my father's daily life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more veterans with other resources, for example radio,television etc..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 18, 2010

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March 18, 2010

My name is Retired Staff Sergeant Cabrera from Puerto Rico. Since 2008 when I became legally blind this great organization of BVA staff and members assisted me with identifying my needs through Blind Rehab at the Veterans Hospital in Puerto Rico. Also, assisted with my current federal job to continue serving our nation and be employed. Furthermore, because of BVA I dod not walk alone, I have a great companion name Eleanor. Yellow Lab who is my everything. I do not have room enough to write all that BVA has done for me and others. Please Support our BVA Organization, It is our duties as Americans! From the bottom of my heart, once again BVA thank you for your support and your excellent job! Sincerely, SSG/E-6 Ret Cabrera Puerto Rico BVA member

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All aspects as a Disabled Veteran.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professional way the BVA has treated me as a Disabled Veteran and how prompt they provided their unconditional assistance and support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent in nature and always finding ways to support and assist in any way possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide with more resources and reach more Veterans who are in need of representation and support. Also provide via TV, radio and other means more information on our population and our daily needs or daily lives so that the public would be more aware.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

IN MEMORY OF HANK BLOOMBURG!! I left the service after Desert Shield and Storm in the early 90's with a photophobia. By 2001, I was blind. I left my job as a retail store manager and did not work for seven years because I felt there was nothing out there for a blind person. In 2006, I met a fellow blinded veteran, Hank. Hank being a blind veteran himself understood what I was going through and was passionate about The Blinded Veterans Association. As a volunteer, he showed me what being a blinded veteran meant, and how important it is for blinded veterans to help other blinded veterans. Hank inspired me and continued to help blinded veterans until the day he passed on in 2008. Hank inspired me to go to blind rehab and showed me life does not end with blindness. Today I am a strong advocate of The Blinded Veterans Association and a veteran service officer helping other blinded veterans like myself get the help and benefits to succeed. THANKS HANK, YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE WHILE SAVING MINE!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are blinded veterans themselves and have strong convictions about help all blind veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 13, 2010
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March 13, 2010
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My personal experience with the BVA If I could sum it all up in one word that word would be fenominal. As a lifetime member and a totally blind Vet, the BVA have gone above and beyond the call of duty and i will forever be in their debt. May the father in heaven bless america and the BVA. Breckenridge

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Ron Lester who is highly motivated highly dedicated of the position and all veterans of america.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

Out of all of the Blinded Veterans Associations, BVA was the first. It came out of the first several groups of blinded veterans needing rehabilitation before I was born. They decided that they, could help in three ways. One was to be an advocate for the needs of Blinded Veterans. The second was to ensure that the needs of blinded veterans didn't get lost in the Veterans Affairs "maze of issues", hence they testify before Congress each year. The third is to support individual needs of Blinded Veterans by providing guidance and information through the process of VIST, BROS, Blind Rehabiloitation Centers and their own Field Directors. The BVA doesn't just support individuals. They also support the regional and local organizations for Blinded Veterans in many ways. No other Blinded Veterans Organization has the tenure that they have nor can do what they accomplish each year for Blinded Veterans.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a blinded veteran. I was given guidance by BVA in several ways at the beginning of my involvement with the VA. As our blinded veterans organization was started, I asked lots of questions and got back answers and guidelines.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it a more simplified and acceptable process to open chapters of the regional groups (state) of BVA.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All were warm and knowledgable and if they weren't the "go-to" rgarding an issue, they would get you to where you needed to go.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I don't know what else they could do that they are not already doing. Maybe develop and advocate for the blind rehabilitation centers to have a special program for the newly blinded veterans(young men & women with young children and years of family life)

Ways to make it better...

I sincerely hope that all local and regional blinded veterans organizations have the same experiences with getting guidence and assistance from the BVA. After all, we all are there for the Blinded Veteran!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The flexability of dealing with the older blinded veterans and the blinded veterans coming out of armed forces these days. Advocacy and rehabilitation are so different for these two groups.

One thing I'd also say is that...

BVA is and always has been a leader in advocacy for Blinded Veterans. Thank you BVA!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

I have known about the BVA for about 9 months now and I Need to give Ed Eckroth alot of credit he had a claim of mins moved from the pittsburgh va to the BVA in Phildelphia and it has moved quite well untill it comes time to get the check out but Ed has helped me file for service connected disability as well the BVA is a wonderful orgnazation

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

BY GETTING MY CLAIM STARTED FOR A&A

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

LEAVE IT ALONE

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ABLE TO CALL HIM AND GET ANSWERS

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I HAVE NOT PERSONELLY MET ANYONE BUT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH ED ECKROTH AND HE HAS HELPED ME QUITE WELL

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

UNABLE TO SAY AT THIS TIME

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

NOTHING

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

I have never seen an organization that provides veterans with what is needed for our blind veterans. My friend has been helped by Edward Eckroth and Dot Dunn so much you can not imagine. I myself am a veteran and I never felt that I was given enough information to help me with my disability case. My friend got everything that he was entitled too. The Blinded veterans organization is the best I have ever seen. Jim Kelley and Edmund G. Page

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping my blind friend. He was help in a very professional and friendly way. It was like we were family.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The caring of all of the staff and the amount of knowledge that they have.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

like family

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide what is needed by blinded veterans without having to ask the VA for their permission and would aide in getting the money needed to provide for the veterans faster

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 11, 2010
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March 11, 2010
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Blinded Veterans Associations help me in getting benefits that I was unaware of, and getting gainful employment. Blinded Veteran Association also inspired me to not let my blindness by a barrier in accomplishing my goals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving compensations benefits, and gainful employment.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

Blinded veteran association provided me with knowledge and skills to help the life of other veterans and their family. The Organization also helped me understand what blinded individuals can accomplish in life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meting People that can do so much in life with out their vision loss becoming an obstacle.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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