You hear the phrase, "the best kept secret" often but it is rare when you come upon one. This is my experience with BVL. Since 1942, this organization has raised a tremendous amount of money (over $50 million) to help veterans - and has done so with quiet and efficient dignity. Just this past year I was fortunate enough to be involved with BVL as they provided a Trackchair (specialty wheelchair) to a deserving veteran from Arlington Texas. Through grass roots fundraising from bowlers across the United States, BVL is making a HUGE impact in the lives of veterans. Now to make this "best kept secret" a household name...
I am a Veteran's Service Officer in Pennsylvania who deals with veteran's issues on a daily basis. BVL raises funds to help those veterans who are our nation's heroes and exemplifies how they should be respected for securing the freedoms that we all cherish today. Thank you to such a wonderful organization and all that you do for veterans !!
For several years BVL has been providing money to be used for the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Medical Center. The support is used to provide them with the ability to bowl for free. Most of these individuals will be returning to small town America where the Bowling Center is a hub for social interaction and a place where many different groups of people go for entertainment. Giving the Warriors the confidence to participate in the sport makes them more likely to feel comfortable, now that they have recovered some of their athletic skills in a sport which can be enjoyed by amputees, brain damaged troops and those soldiers, sailors and airmen with PTSD.
Noel Dysart, Manager, Bethesda Naval Bowling Center
The BVL Fund Inc. has been a sponsor of the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Veterans Creative Arts Festival for years. BVL understands how the arts (music, dance, drama creative writing and visual arts) make a major difference in the lives of America's Veterans. Through the support from BVL, the NVCAF has been able to purchase awards for nearly 4,000 Veterans throughout the country that have participated in the annual competition, as well as support the Creative Arts Festival, an event that not only recognizes Veterans for their creative achievements, but promotes continued learning and involvement in the arts through community arts opportunities.
BVL Bowling for Veterans League has give so much to our veterans at the VA. They recently provided funds for our Serenity Garden turning our patio into a beautiful for veterans to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors. Two tiled cement tables, fountain, plants and vases, 2 outdoor patio sets and a large umbrella. It is the place to go for our veterans. Thanks to BVL we were able to complete this very special project for our special veterans.
The BVL has generously supported the Bowling Center at the Veterans Home, Yountville , CA, for the past 30 years! Our 1000 residents and their families enjoy this activity. The theraputic value of wheelchair bowling cannot be underestimated! Even spectators get great pleasure, reminiscing and vicariously enjoying the fun. We have been so generously blessed by physical and financial support of the BVL. Every donation dollar allows us to maintain and provide this great activity. Without the BVL, our lanes would be dark!With great appreciation- Karen Zanetell, Director, Residential Care Programs,veterans Home of California, Yountville, CA 94599