BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Rating: 4.2 stars   41 reviews

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Location: 125 N. West St 3rd Floor Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission: * To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world. * To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another. * To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside.
Target demographics: Blinded or visually impaired veterans and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,000
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: * Field Service Program * Operation Peer Support * Scholarships
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EIN 53-0214281
1-800-669-7079
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Rating: 1 stars  

Evidently the last reviewer was unaware of the way this organization is run. It is completely top heavy. Unless things change this organization is heading for a downfall !

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I believe that the Blinded Veterans Association has to look at there hiring policy. When the position for Executive Director became vacant, the job was announced on line and in the BVA bulletin. The closing date for applications was Feb. 29, 2012. n order for an application to be considered, the applicant had to meet the first qualification of being a member. The new Exec. Director was hired almost 2 months later, AND, he was not a member when the applications closed. If he was not a member by Feb. 29, 2012, his application should should have been turned down. They hired someone who knows nothing about the organization, and met very few of the qualifications!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I first became aware of Blinded Veterans Association and its goals through a friend who works there. She explained to me the gap in official veterans' benefits that BVA works hard to fill, as well as the sudden increase in blinded veterans.
Through my friend, I have found an organization that I feel comfortable donating to and volunteering for. Unlike so many non-profit organizations based in DC, BVA works on an extremely limited internal budget, because they use most of their donations for actually helping our veterans.
I've met several of the employees of BVA, and each one has a compassionate heart dedicated to the mission of the BVA, and so I encourage my friends and family to donate and volunteer with this group.

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

at the Phoenix annual convention, and at the home office in Washington, DC.

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

I would create a volunteer program that provides a local point-of-contact on as many military bases as possible.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at a Veterans' Hospital and I know about the wonderful work being done by th Blinded Veterans' Association. Members visit veterans, participate in their recovery from trauma and illnesses; and, they help other veterans adjust to a variety of disabilities. They provid emotional support fo their fellow veterans and their families. Blinded Veterans have frquently exhibited courage in combat; but, they also exhibit courage in their adjustmnts to the loss of their sight. They model good adjustment to critical life events. The National Organization is instrumental in educating Legislative and Executive Branches of government abut issues relating to the rehabilitation of visually impaired veterans. In the process, the organization helps to educate the entire country; maybe even the world. This is a great oganization!

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

Rehabilitation from injuries suffered in combat in Vietnam.

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

Individual members are inspirational. They have faced and overcome great obstacles; and, they want to help others do the same.

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

The Staff and Volunteers demonstrate a commiotment to fulfilling the BVA Motto: "Blinded Veterans Helping Other Blinded Veterans."

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

It copuld help more current veterans of existing conflicts. It could also educate more veterans of earlier wars.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of BVA for approximately 15 years, seerving as both an assistant director and a regional director. During this time the BVA did a great deal for me, espctilly assisting me to become a student at a Blind Rehabilitation Center for training. This training really greatly helped me overcome the immediate problem of "lost confidence." The computer courses were invaluable as was the use of the white cane. Also the items I was given to assist me were greatly appreciated. But, I think, most important was the comradeship of fellow veterans who were in the same situation and learning from their life experiences. I have made many good friends by attending the meetings and conventions. Our motto is "Blinded Veterans Helping Blinded Veterans" and this is a real true fact as I have found out. I do my best to reciprocate when ever possible. John S. Thomas Assistant Director Southwest Florida Regiional Group Blinded Veterans Associaiton

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

trying to help other veterans gain access to blind rehab centers and obtaining items to help them adapt to their blindness.

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

meeting other veterans who are also sight impaired and who try to pass along tips to help me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

My name is Cristela Torres, member and volunteer of the Puerto Rico Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association. I have been legally blind for the past 18 years and through the Field Service Program and a dedicated, loyal and wonderful Officer, I was able to receive Compensation, service-connected -100%. I will be forever grateful to this Organization which gives services and support to all our Blinded or Visually impaired Veterans.

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

Their excellent and dedicated Staff, heir National Conventions and their continued services and support to our Blinded and visually impaired veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer who for the past two years has experienced in person how BVA has helped and assisted many Veterans who are blind or visually impaired here in Puerto Rico, Veterans Hospital. I consider this organization to be of great help and support for our veterans. I support this organization 100% and I am only 18 years old. This experienced as a volunteer has change my life completely. Thank you BVA.

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

person and always will have it in my heart.

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

the compassion and knowledge.

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

very trained.

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

personally touch more lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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

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

All aspects as a Disabled Veteran.

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?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-3-01

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