Blinded Veterans Association
For veterans who lost their eyesight in service to our country, the Blind Veterans Association (BVA) is there to provide support and allow them to live independently. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Founded in 1945, BVA has been helping blinded vets ever since. They provide free programs and services to any blinded veteran of any conflict.
Blinded Veteran Services Resource Center
The Veteran Services Resource Center is a one-stop shop for services for the blinded veterans provided by BVA, featuring a dedicated toll free number which any blind veteran across the nation can call and receive services from any BVA Accredited Service Officer regardless of where they live. Each Veteran Service Officer is accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs Office Of General Council to assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits at no cost to the veteran or their family.
They work as access specialists, providing inspiration, encouragement, and practical assistance with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims and appeals. They also educate veterans about VA benefits and services including services for the blind, as well as empower blinded veterans to find and follow the road to independence.
BVA Veteran Services for the Blind Resource Center
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am through 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
125 N. West St, 3rd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 844-250-5180 (Toll Free)
Operation Peer Support (OPS) is a program designed by the Blinded Veterans Association to assist blind and visually impaired veterans and their families with educational resources and adaptive sports in order to regain independence, social skills, and confidence through rehabilitation.
Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship to assist them with their higher education tuition. These military dependent scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber and Miller scholarships for veterans dependents 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, child, or grandchild to receive a scholarship. Qualifications for both scholarships are the same except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts for the Miller award.