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Blinded Veterans Association
125 N. West Street, Floor 3
Alexandria, VA 22314
(202) 371-8880 (Local)
(202) 371-8258 (Fax)
(800) 669-7079 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The Blinded Veterans Association is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans and offers many services to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.

BVA was and is the only veterans' service organization exclusively dedicated to serving America's blind and visually impaired veterans.

According to BVA, more than 100 service members have been blinded in Iraq and another 247 have lost vision in one eye.

Veterans don't have to lose their vision during military service to qualify for BVA assistance, and membership in BVA is not a prerequisite for any service.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 1,700
Number of staff: 22
Staff description: Executive Director, Department of Administration, Department of Communications, Department of Development, Department of Governmental Relations, Department of Finance, Department of Field Services, Membership Department
Geographic area served: United States and its territories.
Publications: BVA Bulletin (published four times per year and sent free in large print to all U.S. blinded veterans).


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Al Avina, Executive Director,
Alyson Alt, Membership Director, Membership, (202) 371-8880,
Douglas Brooks, Region 111,
Edward Eckroth, National Director of the Field Service Program, (202) 371-8880 3322,
Christina Hitchcock, Manager of Conventions/ Operation Peer Support, (202) 371-8880 3303,
Earl Ivie, Field Service Representative, Los Angeles Regional Office, (310) 235-6125,
Daniel Johnson, Region IV,
Robert Malak, Field Service Representative, Milwaukee Regional Office, (414) 382-5123,
Lazaro Martinez, Jr., Assistant National Director of the Field Service Program, Northern California Regional Office, (916) 843-7020,
Stuart Nelson, Communications Coordinator,
Claudia Perry, Field Service Representative/Washington, DC Regional Office, (202) 530-9285,
Kathryn Ruais, Director of Finance, (202) 371-8880 3317,
Cheryl Swaim, Director of Development, (202) 371-8880 3326,
Thomas Zampieri, Director of Government Relations, (202) 371-8880 3305,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • BVA is a strong voice for blinded veterans before the legislative and executive branches of government. The organization presents testimony each year before the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs. It also teams with other Veterans Service Organizations in working closely with VA to assure that all blinded veterans have access to excellent blind rehabilitation services.
  • Counseling
    • BVA National Field Service Officers provide counseling to other blinded veterans. They understand the complexities and emotions experienced by blinded veterans because they have been through the experience themselves. They are effective role models in helping newly blinded veterans find and follow the road to independence.
  • Information and Referral
    • Field Service Program helps blinded veterans take the first steps in adjusting to blindness, bringing focus and direction to their lives. They also provide inspiration, encouragement, and practical assistance in the benefit claims process.
  • Support Groups
    • BVA consists of 53 regional groups. The groups offer social and recreational activities, frequently uniting with other Veterans Service Organizations locally to advocate change. The BVA Auxiliary (BVAA) is composed of spouses, relatives, and friends of blinded veterans. The organization exists to support the BVA mission.
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