Free services to blind or visually impaired military veterans. Assistance with the VA claims system, transitioning to life w/o vision, scholarships to spouses/dependent children/grandchildren, connections to employment opportunities and peer support.
Twenty-six year old Steve Baskis (PFC, US Army) survived a roadside bomb attack in Iraq in 2005. Flying shrapnel hit Steve's head, arms and legs. A traumatic brain injury and nerve damage left him blinded.
When he woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Steve remembers that one of the first people who visited him was a blinded veteran from the Blinded Veterans Association named Tom. Tom said he'd help Steve apply for blind rehabilitation and assist him during his recovery. Tom kept his promises, and they formed a lasting friendship.
Today, Steve is pursuing a college degree and has taken up mountain climbing. He says that BVA is one of the reasons he was able to find purpose and fulfillment in life again: "This organization has people who really care, and I am one who has benefited from their care. BVA has provided me with resources and information I would have never found on my own."
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are about 156,000 blinded veterans living in America today. And each year thousands more, whether blinded in combat or as a result of age-related disease, must make the painful journey from life as a sighted person to life as a blinded person.
That's why the Blinded Veterans Association is so important. BVA is blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. BVA provides FREE services that help blinded veterans like Steve get back on their feet, helping them obtain blind rehabilitation, education, training, and other assistance.
There is no cost to any blinded veteran, whether he or she is a member of BVA.