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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

3 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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1 Bill S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I requested information due to the fact that I am a legally blind veteran discharged under Honorable conditions who is just about homeless. I requested information about obtaining assistance but received no answer, now winter is coming and there's an excellent possibility that I may have to survive in the elements. Two thumbs down. I feel as if I have no one watching my back like I did with others when I was active military. Thanks for nothing guys....William

Comments ( 1 )

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Kay Starr 02/28/2011

I'm very sorry you had a negative experience. BVA is committed to helping blinded veterans in need, and we apologize that you did not receive the level of service you expected from us. If you go to our website, http://bva.org/fsp.html, you will find the contact information for our Field Service Officer in your region, who can assist you. Here are some additional resources available to veterans in need that you may find helpful: http://www1.va.gov/homeless/ http://www.nchv.org/wheretogo.cfm http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/topics/veteran_information Sincerely, Kay Starr BVA Development Department

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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