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Mid-Atlantic Regional Group

Blinded Veterans Association







Greetings From The President Of  M.A.R.G. BVA


Welcome to the website of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association. The B.V.A. was founded in 1945 at the end of World War II. We are the only veteran service organization that is exclusively dedicated to serving our country's blind and visually impaired veterans.


We the members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Group are committed to developing a closer relationship among blinded veterans; to assist in their rehabilitation; to hasten their acceptance into the community; and to keep members informed of medical services and how to access them.


You will find a list of VIST Coordinators with the Hospitals and their location within our Regional Group's service area.  If you need assistance with questions or an appointment (non-emergency), your local VIST Coordinator can be of great assistance to you. 


I encourage you to browse through this website to see the many activities in which we are involved and the services we provide.


If you have knowledge of some other information that should be placed on our website, please contact our webmasters Clyde Compton or Tom Eaton to have this information placed on the site. 


Membership applications for this organization is located below.  Please visit the Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary (BVAA) National Web Site,  .


May God continue to bless the Mid-Atlantic Regional Group.


Doris Jones,

Regional President M.A.R.G. Can Do!

Announcments -

BVA Bylaw Amendment Temporarily Reduces Life Membership Dues

          Blinded Veterans Association Promotional Membership Application Form  


Register to Vote

Register Now   

BVA National:

 BVA Website Link

 BVA Bulletin:   May - June 2016 BVA Bulletin 

 BVA History and Mission:

 BVA’s National Emblem Explained:


BVA Bylaw Amendment Temporarily Reduces Life Membership Dues

          Blinded Veterans Association Promotional Membership Application Form  


BVA's National Convention:

72nd National Convention,  Jacksonville, FL  - August 14th-18th, 2017

        Registration  Information (pdf)

        Registration Schedule

         Click to download the file Member & Guest Registration 2017-PDF


Regional Officers:

 President: Doris Jones (Mechanicsville, VA) 

 Vice President: Gregory Bennett  (Richmond Va.)

 Secretary:  Michaun Harrison (Fredericksburg, VA) 

 Treasurer: Hardy Alexander (Hampton VA.)

 Chaplain: Dr. Clyde Jackson (Richmond Va.)

 District: Vernon Richmond email:

 Regional Officers Contact Information:


Field Service:


National Field Service Training Coordinator

Blinded Veterans Association
Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington Regional Office
1722 I St., NW
Washington, D. C. 20421
Phone: 1 800 669 7079 Ext. 6002
Phone: (202) 530-9286
Fax: (202) 223-1319


Blinded Veterans Association
National Headquarters
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

(800) 669 7079
(202) 371 8880
(202) 371 8258 Fax
Visit us on the web:
Follow us on twitter:!/BlindedVeterans



 Field Services Corner


The Field Service Representative is responsible for assisting blinded veterans in the development of benefit claims for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This includes compensation, pension, death benefits (for widows), housing adaptation grants, automobile grants, etc.  They provide any assistance to other services i.e. the VIST program and any other state agencies for blinded veterans as required.


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Group, a subsidiary of the Blinded Veterans Association, covers Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  It is in District 3 region 2 and the District Director is Pete Davis.  Chapters are established in the following locations: Hampton Va., Baltimore Md., Richmond Va., Roanoke/Salem Va., Wilmington, De. and Washington D.C.


VA. Hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic Regional group jurisdiction area:


Definition of Vist, Vist Coordinator (Vist) and Bros. (Bros):

Visual Impairment Service Team, Blindness is a condition that can affect every aspect of a person's life. The Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) was created to help legally blind veterans and their families with the ongoing adjustment to sight loss by providing assessment, education, counseling, medical evaluation, and referral for blind rehabilitation.   (Vist Coordinator): The VIST Coordinator is a case manager who has major responsibility for the coordination of all services for legally blind veterans and their families.  Duties include providing and/or arranging for the provision of appropriate treatment Mobility (e.g., referrals to BRC's and/or BROS) in order to enhance a blinded veteran's functioning level. Other duties include identifying new cases of blindness, providing professional counseling, resolving problems, arranging annual healthcare reviews and conducting education programs relating to blindness.    (BROS): The BROS travels to the blind veteran’s home.  Their duties are to use assessment techniques in skill areas of Orientation/Mobility, Living Skills, Low Vision, Manual Skills and Computer Access Training to determine the rehabilitation needs of blinded veteran patients.



Regional Group Information:

 Regional Group By-Laws.


 Regional Group Official Meeting Notice Spring 2016

 Regional Group Official Registration Form Spring 2016 Html   (docx)


 Regional Meeting Minutes  


  Related Sources  of interest to the Veterans.


 Important Links and Phone Numbers For All Veterans


Regional Chapters:

 Hampton Roads Chapter.


 Richmond Chapter.

 MARG BVA Technology Program  Herb Patterson

 Tech Letter March 2015



Other News:

RAO Bulletin: 

RAO Bulletin Update 01 September 2016

RAO Bulletin Update 15 September 2016

RAO Bulletin Update  01 October 2016

RAO Bulletin Update  15 October 2016


Veteran Legislation: 


State Veteran's Benefits Page




Mid-Atlantic Regional Blinded Veterans Association Application Form:

Come and join the Blinded Veterans Association team BVA.   Fill out the membership application form and send it to BVA Headquarters, 477   H street NW, Washington D.C. 20001, Phone 202-371-8880 . Form is available in Word Document or just print the linked page and fill it out.

BVA Membership Word Format

BVA Membership HTML Format



Other Information and Programs:

VHA Handbook 1174.01:  Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist Program Procedures

VHA Handbook 1174.02:  Visual Impairment Services Team Program Procedures

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors


Blind Etiquette.

Computer Corner -  If you dabble with Excel 2010 with

Diabetic Corner

What does the National Anthem stand for? The following link is a wma sound file played with Windows Media Player. You can't listen without a tear! The National Anthem

Trivia and word games!





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