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Blinded Veterans Association

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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

7

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

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.