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BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

AKA BVA

Washington, DC

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BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Also Known As:
BVA
Physical Address:
Washington, DC 20001 
EIN:
53-0214281
Web URL:
bva.org/
Blog URL:
www.facebook.com/pag...
Leadership:
Mr Al Avina
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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $4,489,445
Expenses
Total Expenses $4,572,385

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Basic Organization Information

BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Also Known As:
BVA
Physical Address:
Washington, DC 20001 
EIN:
53-0214281
Web URL:
bva.org/ 
Blog URL:
www.facebook.com/pag... 
NTEE Category:
P Human Services 
P86 Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services 
W Public, Society Benefit 
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations 
Ruling Year:
1946 
How This Organization Is Funded:
Individual Donors
Bequests
Corporate 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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Leadership (GuideStar ExchangeThe GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more. November, 2012)

Mr Al Avina

Term:

Since Mar 2012

Profile:

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

Budget:
$1,278,657
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans

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.

Program: Advocacy

Budget:
$185,147
Category:
Public, Society Benefit
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans

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:

BVA, in concert with the other major Veterans Service Organizations, worked diligently this past year on providing information necessary to assist in ensuring that the Department of Veterans Affairs FY 2012-2013 budget was increased to meet the needs of veterans' health care programs.

Program Success Monitored by:

Stuart Nelson, our Manager of Communications, and Tom Zampieri, 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:

Continued efforts were devoted this past year to the Department of Defense's (DoD) implementation of the Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) and eye trauma registry. As a result, the VCE has increased DoD staffing to ten and VA staffing to four full-time positions. BVA continues to raise awareness of OIF and OEF veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) related visual system dysfunction to ensure that screening, diagnosis, treatment, and vision research are funded. BVA's efforts were instrumental in securing co-operational funding for FY 2012-2013 in the Defense budget for the VCE. Efforts to fully implement the Defense Veterans Eye Injury Vision  Registry continue.

Program: Membership

Budget:
$246,290
Category:
Mutual, Membership Benefit
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans

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.

Program: Field Service and Volunteer Service Programs

Budget:
$1,253,074
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired
Military/Veterans

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 2012, the BVA Field Service Program was contacted by 5,833 veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs granted 428 claims for compensation and pension to veterans assisted by this program. The program was responsible for $5,783,025 in total retroactive payments and $538,604 in miscellaneous benefits. There were 56 claims affecting blinded veterans that were processed at the Board of Veterans Appeals. Total Field Service Representative pending claims stood at 715, a significant increase over those reported in 2011.

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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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The newest of BVA’s programs, Operation Peer Support, connects combat-blinded veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam with newly blinded veterans who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense has confirmed that some 13 percent of all wounded evacuees from Iraq have experienced a serious eye injury, the highest percentage for any war in American history for which records are available.     Thanks to the generous support of several corporations, the initiative got started in 2005 when seven Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and one Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) participated in the BVA 61st National Convention in Buffalo, New York. The idea is based on the notion that blinded veterans of previous wars are among the few who understand what the newly blinded service members and veterans are going through and how they might better confront the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them. 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. BVA hopes to continue the tradition of providing financial support to newly blinded service members and veterans who wish to attend a national convention. The organization is also identifying additional ways and circumstances in which veterans of earlier eras can effectively connect and assist them.

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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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