Mid-Atlantic Regional Group
Blinded Veterans Association
BVA History and 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.&;
If you are a blind or visually impaired veteran, if you are a relative or a friend or if you just want to get involved, write, email or give us a call. We are the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. We are here to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.
The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) traces its roots back to the end of World War II. BVA's forefathers were a group of veterans blinded during that conflict. In 1945, they met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Avon, CT and founded the association. Thirteen years later, BVA received its charter from the United States Congress. Ever since, the Blinded Veterans Association has worked to accomplish the mission expressed in our Congressional Charter.
Throughout BVA's history, Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs have meritoriously recognized the Association. BVA was and is the only veterans service organization exclusively dedicated to serving America's blind and visually impaired veterans. Veterans don't have to lose their vision during military service to qualify for BVA assistance. Membership is not a prerequisite for any service.
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