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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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 !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

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Aaron S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.