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BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/10/2014: BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

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BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/10/2014: BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

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Also Known As: BVA
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20001 
EIN: 53-0214281
Web URL: bva.org/ 
Blog URL: www.facebook.com/pages/Blinded-Veterans-... 
Video URL(s): Operation Peer Support and Project Gemini
Blinded Veterans Helping Blinded Veterans since 1945
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P86 Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
Year Founded: 1945 
Ruling Year: 1946 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual Donors
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Mission Statement

BVA's 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.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $3,925,054
Total Expenses $4,536,660

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Mr. Al Avina

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Mr. Avina is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he specialized in human resource functions and special project management. He worked most recently for 3M in Washington, DC in business development, most notably the development of a Contact Relationship Management system. He also managed the planning, marketing, and implementation of the first E-commerce website in the Sales Department of Bosma Enterprises in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he has worked with a Military Resale Program team in conducting business analyses of sales, warehousing, and distribution as a Fellow at the National Industries for the Blind in Alexandria, Virginia. A native of California’s Central Valley region, Avina received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.

Leadership Statement:

BVA is heavily involved in providing assistance to a new generation of visually impaired and blinded veterans returning from our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visual Consequences associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) present a whole new demand for service. More than ever, our advocacy is essential to assure this new generation experiences a smooth & seamless transition from the Department of Defense (DOD) to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Also, as older veterans age, they face vision loss due to age-related diseases and are also in need of BVA services. Maybe the greatest challenge is developing and preparing younger members to assume “Leadership” within the organization.

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Program: Public Education and Communication (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,345,559
Category:
Literacy
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans
None

Program Description:

At the foundation of all BVA communications and public relations efforts nationally is the BVA Bulletin, currently a quarterly periodical sent to all blinded veterans and their families for whom the Association has contact information. The publication is also mailed to dozens of libraries, health care institutions, veteran service offices, and nonprofit organizations. BVA also maintains and updates a website with useful information about our programs, as well as other efforts to educate the public about the challenges of blindness and what BVA does for blinded veterans.

Program Long-Term Success:

As it seeks to address the concerns of BVA’s members and friends, the Bulletin serves as one of the organization’s most vital public relations tools and, more importantly, a vehicle by which the Association fulfills its Congressional charter to motivate and inspire veterans to return to their rightful place in society. The circulation of the Bulletin also provides opportunities to locate and interest potential Association members.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Bulletin focuses on issues and events relating to blinded veterans, but also covers general topics about veterans. It strives to keep blinded veterans abreast of services, benefits, and legislation. The publication provides as much detail as possible on issues relating to blind rehabilitation and the blind and visually impaired communities at large.

Program Success Monitored by:

An annual report is submitted by the Manager of Communications to the Board of Directors, detailing the initiatives and successes for the year.

Program Success Examples:

Recently, the VFW interviewed Dr Tom Zampieri, BVA's Director of Government Relations, and Army Staff Sargeant Sean Johnson, who lost his vision as a result of an explosion in Iraq, as well as Army Major A.J. Tong, who also lost his sight due to an explosion in combat. They spoke about the many challenges of treating traumatic brain injuries and other injuries that result in loss of vision or blindness.

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Budget:
$158,927
Category:
Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans
None

Program Description:

The Blinded Veterans Association's Congressional Charter designates BVA as the organizational advocate for all blinded veterans before the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government.

Program Long-Term Success:

BVA advocates on the Hill for a multitude of issues affecting the health and quality-of-life for Blinded Veterans. Numerous bills regarding veterans' medical care pass across the desks of congressmen everyday, and BVA strongly advocates for these bills on behalf of our members and all disabled veterans.

Program Short-Term Success:

Active efforts were continually made to educate and provide perspectives to federal agencies and legislation in order to secure the necessary resources to provide blinded veterans and their family members with the health care services and benefits they have earned. BVA continued to be very effective this past year, presenting blinded veterans' priority issues before Congress and Congressional staff members in a variety of meetings and hearings. Association representatives also met frequently with other veteran service organizations (VSOs), disability advocacy associations, and representatives from the DoD and VA. BVA's national president presented his annual testimony in February before the Joint House and Senate VA Committees. Legislative updates were sent by email to the BVA board, staff, members and regional groups. Numerous meetings with various congressional offices and a variety of committees were attended in efforts to actively monitor and support the wide variety of legislation introduced in congress that impacts veterans and their families.

Program Success Monitored by:

Stuart Nelson, our Manager of Communications, and Glenn Minney, our Director of Governmental Relations, closely monitor bills and other measures of interest to BVA and our membership. The progress of these initiatives is documented in our Bulletin. An annual report is submitted to & discussed by the Board of Directors.

Program Success Examples:

BVA, in concert with the other major Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), worked diligently this past year to provide the information necessary to ensure that Veterans Administration FY 2013-14 advance appropriations for the Veterans Health Administration budget were increased to meet the needs of veterans health care programs. Continued efforts were devoted this past year to Department of Defense's implementation of the Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) and Defense Veterans Eye Injury Vision Registry (DVEIVR). As a result, VCE has increased DoD staffing to ten and VHA is planning increased staffing to four full-time positions. BVA continues to raise awareness for OIF and OEF veterans with traumatic brain injury visual system dysfunction to ensure that screening, diagnosis, treatment, and vision research are funded. BVA’s efforts were instrumental in trying to secure more VA co-operational funding for FY 2013-14 in the VA budget for VCE. Efforts to fully implement the DVEIVR continue with DoD inserting 17,000 service members records into the registry. Nevertheless, VA has lagged far behind in providing data extractors access to clinical eye records located in VA's VIST program. Working with the National Alliance For Eye And Vision Research (NAEVR), BVA attended meetings with key congressional committee members and key budget staff on efforts regarding increasing funding for the congressionally directed medical research program for vision. BVA continues to advocate for the Defense Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) vision research program. The organization's efforts contributed in the securing of $10 million in funding in FY 2013 for the Vision Trauma Research Program (VTRP) and continue to advocate for $10 million for FY 2014 Defense Appropriations. BVA continues to monitor the waiting times, length of stays, and staffing for the 13 existing VA BRCs to ensure that veterans are receiving the rehabilitation available to them. BVA has also been actively involved in special work groups established by VA Prosthetics & Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) to develop prescription recommendations and specifications for prosthetic appliances for blinded veterans. BVA is a member of the VA work group charged with developing various specifications and the issuance of handbook recommendations for computers and adaptive technology devices for blinded and low-vision veterans.

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Budget:
$278,519
Category:
Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans
None

Program Description:

BVA is a membership driven organization. A membership in BVA is a membership in the organization as well as in the area Regional Grouit does grant acceptance to the audio cassette version of the quarterly BVA Bullet which so many members find useful in staying informed, plus opportunities to meet new members, join friends, and have a voice at the annual conventions.

Program Long-Term Success:

BVA currently has more than 11,000 members, whom we provide with support, information, and assistance in getting services they need. Every month we acquire more members, as wounded soldiers come home from Iraq & Afghanistan, or older veterans begin to lose their vision to age-related disease. We want to ensure that every Blinded Veteran knows about what BVA does and has access to our services and support.

Program Short-Term Success:

Every year, BVA aims to add more members than we have the year before. As  we reach out to more blinded veterans & our membership increases, we are able to better provide services and support.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Director of Membership composes an annual report for the board, detailing the changes in membership and the various efforts made by the Membership Department to increase membership.

Program Success Examples:

BVA's membership total has grown steadily over the past two decades. In FY 2012, there were 632 new members. From 1992 through 2012, the active membership increased from 7,252 to an all-time high of 11,455. This figure represents a large number of new members, as well as renewal of lapsed memberships.

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Budget:
$1,200,548
Category:
Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans
None

Program Description:

BVA Field Service Representatives constitute what sister organizations often refer to as National Service Officers. They are veterans and legally blind themselves, working in seven different regions throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Their goal is to locate and assist blinded veterans in overcoming the challenges inherent in sight loss. Field Reps are responsible for linking veterans with local services, assuring that the newly blinded take advantage of VA Blind Rehabilitation Services, and assisting them with VA claims when necessary. When blinded veterans are ready to return to the workforce, BVA Field Reps can assist them with employment training and placement. The newest aspect of our Field Service Program, Operation Peer Support, connects newly returned veterans with Visual Impairment Injuries from Iraq & Afghanistan with veterans who experienced the same transition after WWII, Korea, & Vietnam. The process of recovery from any tragic or traumatic event is characterized by a period of grieving followed by rehabilitation and restoration. Substantial changes are required as a result of such shattering events before a meaningful and productive new life can be achieved. Similar to the grief experienced by individuals following any catastrophic event, blinded veterans must also grieve over their loss of vision. On an ongoing basis, Operation Peer Support seeks to support blinded veterans and their families who are still struggling with the difficulties associated with loss of vision.

Program Long-Term Success:

Ideally, we would like to reach every veteran living with vision impairment or blindness and make sure they are receiving the services and support they require.

Program Short-Term Success:

During FY 2013, the BVA Field Service Program was contacted by 5,496 veterans and family members. The VA granted 346 claims for compensation and pension to veterans assisted by the program. The program was responsible for more than $6,172,580 in total retroactive payments and $480,790 in miscellaneous benefits. There were 62 claims affecting blinded veterans that were processed at the Board of Veterans Appeals. Total National Field Service Officer pending claims stood at 909, which was a significant increase in the figures reported in FY 2012. In March of 2012, BVA was awarded a grant by the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation to enable BVA's seven Field Service Officers to travel to the 13 regional VA Blind Rehab Centers (BRCs) to meet with veterans and staff there. The purpose of the grant was to allow Field Service Officers to connect with an additional number of veterans in need of assistance, and to assess the standards of care at the BRC facilities. The grant became an excellent opportunity for BVA, as the organization began plans to re-organize the Field Service Program during the same period. Having Field Service Officers meet with VA staff as well as veterans gave a comprehensive overall picture of the current status of the BRCs. This knowledge allowed BVA to better plan for the future of the field service program and to spread best practices from one BRC to another. The grant was also very successful in its initial goal, which was to reach and assist veterans of whom BVA had not previously been aware. Field service officers held educational sessions for all veterans at the BRCs they visited, followed by one-on-one meetings with veterans who needed further help and advice. At the end of the travel project, as BVA compiled reports for Reader's Digest Partners for Sight, it was clear that the grant not only achieved the goal of reaching more veterans, but also enabled BVA to adapt the Field Service Program to better meet the current needs of blind and visually impaired veterans.

Program Success Monitored by:

Field Service representatives submit reports to the Board of Directors, and solicit feedback from veterans they have helped and the veterans' families.

Program Success Examples:

Another meaningful adjunct to the Field Service Program is the network of 65 volunteer offices located in VA medical centers, regional offices, and outpatient clinics nationwide. They provide still another outlet for blinded veterans to help and serve one another. BVA volunteers, a large number of whom are blinded veterans themselves, donated 40,831 hours of their time. There are about 217 volunteers in this program.   Volunteers are peer counselors who talk one-on-one with individual blinded veterans, or they listen and share ideas in groups. They provide information on programs and services, encouraging blinded veterans to enter rehabilitation programs and demonstrating equipment and aids used by the blind. Volunteers also reinforce the work of the Field Service Representatives by helping to lift fellow veterans from the discouragement and frustration they often face.

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Budget:
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Category:
Student Financial Aid
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
Blind and Vision Impaired
None

Program Description:

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Awards to assist them with their higher education tuition. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber and Miller scholarships are for one year only but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times. The blinded veteran family member is not required to be a BVA member for the spouse or child to receive a scholarship. Qualifications for both programs are the same except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts for the Miller award. Kathern "Kay" Gruber was one of BVA's early pioneers as an advisor to the organization and became acquainted with the organization while serving in the mid-1940s as the American Foundation for the Blind's Director of Services for the War Blind. Kay attended all of the BVA conventions for several decades, sitting through all of the Board of Directors meetings and offering counsel and advice. She also served on a key advisory group in 1948 that made recommendations to VA regarding the care and rehabilitation of the war blinded. She further assisted in the establishment of the first comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Center at the VA Medical Center in Hines, Illinois. The BVA scholarship program was named after Kathern Gruber at the BVA 40th National Convention (1985) in San Diego, California. For portions of four decades, Thomas H. Miller has served as an advocate for blinded veterans and their families, first as a member of the BVA Board of Directors and later as a full-time staff member of the organization. From 1979 to 1984, he occupied the elected positions of National Secretary, Vice President, and President. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a full-time employee in 1986, assuming the post of Director of Government Relations until his appointment as Executive Director in 1994. Tom has amassed a lengthy list of contributions, accomplishments, and professional relationships that have enhanced BVA's image and prominence for years to come. His service to America's blinded veterans, and their families, is unprecedented and matched by few others. Tom was severely wounded, losing his sight in both eyes, in a landmine explosion in December 1967 while supervising the securing of an enemy minefield in Vietnam.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Scholarship Program is one of BVA's most direct ways of providing assistance to blinded veterans and their families by helping to defray the costs of higher education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Every year, the BVA Board Scholarship Committee selects scholarship recipients from a pool of applicants. Recipients are requested to provide BVA with updates on the progress of their education.

Program Success Monitored by:

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The Blinded Veterans Association was founded in 1945 by a group of World War II veterans at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Connecticut. Since the founding, the organization has continued to grow, advocating for the needs of blinded veterans and providing services free of charge to any blinded or visually impaired veteran in need. Chartered by Congress in 1958, BVA is the only Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to the needs of America's blinded veterans. Since the very beginning, BVA has worked tirelessly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to assure high-quality, comprehensive medical and rehabilitative services/benefits for blinded veterans. When the U.S. Army discontinued its blind rehabilitation services for the war blind at the end of World War II, BVA played an instrumental role in persuading VA to assume the responsibility for their care and rehabilitation. As early as 1947, BVA adopted resolutions in assembled convention calling for the establishment of a comprehensive residential Blind Rehabilitation Center. The facility would assist blinded veterans in their adjustment to vision loss and the acquisition of adaptive skills. Due in large measure to BVA’s efforts, the first BRC was open on July 4, 1948. As the numbers of war-blinded veterans increased with the onset of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, BVA pressured VA to expand the number of BRCs nationally, and there are now 13 such facilities nationwide.
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The BVA's Executive Director became both blind and partially deaf in Vietnam. He is an inspiration to the Veterans the BVA serves, but more importantly, he is a strong leader in the national arena of nonprofits serving the blind and in legislative circles. He walks the walk and talks the talk, better than any director I have met! Nonprofit Senior Staff

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The BVA is in the process of expanding services to young veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan - this is changing their approach on many fronts, especially because these veterans are returning with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome in addition to being blind. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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