Blinded Veterans Association

Rating: 4.2 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services, Veterans

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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 53-0214281
1-800-669-7079
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Rating: 1 stars  

I believe the comments about the Executive Directors position given in a previous review were right on. I am listing here a copy of the application, please read the bylaws as listed by the BVA in the first paragraph! The applicant had to be a member at the time he/she submitted an application, the application submitted by the current holder of this position was not a member at the time of the closing date, 2/29/2012. His application should not have been considered at that time as there were several other applications that did meet the qualifications . Applications/resumes directed to the attention of the Executive Director are due at BVA National Headquarters no later than February 29, 2012. The successful applicant must be based in Washington, DC. BVA will assist with relocation expenses. The position also requires travel as a BVA representative to other conventions, meetings of other Veterans Service Organizations, and to events of other organizations of and for the blind. Upon receipt of the resume at BVA, an employment application, a request for DD214, and other information will be mailed to the applicant.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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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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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: 1 stars  

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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

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

Nothing positive.

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

Have some integrity and do what you claim to do.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

None

How did you learn about this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Kay Starr (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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