Blinded Veterans Association - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blinded Veterans Association
125 N. West Street, 3rd Floor
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 a variety of 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 do not 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 Government Relations, Department of Finance, Department of Field Services, Membership Department
Geographic area served: United States and its territories.
Publications: BVA Bulletin (published six times per year and sent free in large print to all U.S. blinded veterans for whom the Association has a street address).


Claudia Belk, Accessibility Officer/ Senior National Field Service Officer, (202) 371-8880,
Joseph Bogart, Executive Director, (202) 371-8880 304
Wade Davis, National Training Coordinator/Field Service Department, (202) 371-8880 308,
Edward Eckroth, National Director of the Field Service Program, (202) 371-8880 3322,
Patrick Johnson, Veteran Service Representative, (202) 371-8880,
Brigitte Jones, Administrative Director, (202) 371-8880 330,
Cecilia Montenegro, Coordinator of Membership, (202) 371-8880 315,
Kathryn Ruais, Chief Financial Officer, (202) 371-8880 3317,
Krissi Spence-Gilbert, Human Resources Specialist, (202) 371-8880,

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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