• P.O. Box 65900 Washington, D.C. 20035-5900
  • 202-670-1038
  • P.O. Box 65900 Washington, D.C. 20035-5900
  • 202-670-1038



The Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) continued the distribution of its telescoping “Americane,” which the Foundation researched and developed, to blinded veterans throughout the country free of charge.

The BAVF Directors continued their outreach to wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers, in addition to veterans at the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore VA Medical Centers.  BAVF also supported funding of bingo prizes for hospitalized veterans at the VA Washington Medical Center Nursing home.

The BAVF continued its federal facility volunteer watch.  Federal facilities that were found to be inaccessible to the visually impaired and other disabled individuals were reported to the proper authorities.

The BAVF also advised the OPM Director and his staff regarding how to advance Federal employment for disabled veterans.

The BAVF Annual Board Meeting was held in conjunction with the Foundation’s Congressional Media and Volunteer Awards program and Flag Day activities.  These patriotic events, once again, gave the BAVF the opportunity to salute the flag and express appreciation to Members of Congress, the media, and volunteers who support the Foundation’s goals of Research, Rehabilitation, and Re-employment.  More than 500 veterans, their families, Members of Congress and the media participated.

During the Flag Day events, the BAVF had the opportunity to educate the general public about the new technology available to the visually impaired.

In 2014 the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) proudly announced ninety-six (125) grants valued at $500 each had been awarded to support VIST and Blinded Rehabilitation programs nationwide.

The list of VA facilities receiving BAVF Grants follows:

2018 VIST / BROS Grants
Alabama:                        Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System – Mobile, Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System, Birmingham VA Medical Center

Arizona:                          Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System

Arkansas:                       Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, Texarkana Community Based Outpatient Clinic

California:                       San Francisco VA Medical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Clearlake, Eureka, Santa Rosa and Ukiah Community Based Outpatient Clinics

District of Columbia:   Washington VA Medical Center

Florida:                            Bay Pines VA Medical Center VIST/BROS, Daytona Beach VA Medical Center, Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic, James A. Haley VA Hospital two VIST/BROS, Gainesville VA Medical Center VIST/BROS, Orlando and West Palm Beach VA Medical Centers, Vera and Tallahassee Veterans Outpatient Clinics, North Florida/South Georgia Healthcare System

Georgia:                          Atlanta VA Medical Center, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center

Hawaii:                            Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center

Idaho:                              Boise VA Medical Center

Illinois:                             Captain James A. Lovell Healthcare Center, Danville VA Medical Center, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Marion VA Medical Center

Indiana:                           VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System Fort Wayne, Goshen, Marion, Muncie, Peru and South Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Iowa:                                Iowa City VA Healthcare System, VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Carroll and Fort Dodge Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Kansas:                          Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Centers

Kentucky:                       Lexington VA Medical Center, Prestonburg Outpatient Clinic, Robley Rex VA Medical Center

Louisiana:                      Alexandria VA Health Care System VIST/BROS, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Monroe Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Massachusetts:            VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Bedford VA Medical Center, Gloucester and Haverhill Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Michigan:                        Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System – Toledo CBOC, Battle Creek VAMC, Benton Harbor CBOC, Lansing CBOC, Muskegon CBOC Wyoming CBOC

Minnesota:                     Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Mississippi:                    Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

New Hampshire:           Manchester VA Medical Center

New Mexico:                  Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, Artesia, Durango, Gallup and Silver City Community Based Outpatient Clinics

New York:                      Buffalo VA Medical Center, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, NY Harbor Healthcare Brooklyn Campus, Manhattan Campus, and St. Albans Campus, Northport VA Medical Center, Rochester VA Medical Center, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center, Binghamton Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Nevada:                          Las Vegas VA Medical Center

North Carolina:             Charles George VA Medical Center, Durham VA Medical Center, W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center VIST/BROS, Kernersville Healthcare VIST/BROS

Ohio:                                Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Dayton VA Medical Center, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Galloipolis and Youngstown Outpatient Clinics

Oklahoma:                      Jack C. Montgomery and Oklahoma City VA Medical Centers

Oregon:                           Portland VA Medical Center, Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Camp Rilea Clinic, Southern Oregon VA Rehabilitation Center & Clinics

Pennsylvania:               VA Butler Healthcare, Wilkes-Barre & Lebanon VA Medical Center

Rhode Island:                Providence VA Medical Center

South Carolina:            William Jenning Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center

South Dakota:               Black Hills Health Care System, Sioux Falls VA Medical Center

Tennessee:                    James H. Quillen VA Medical Center VIST/BROS, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Knoxville, Memphis VA Medical Center

Texas:                             Longview CBOC, Audie L Murphy Memorial VAMC

Utah:                                Salt Lake City VA Medical Center

Virginia:                          Salem VA Medical Center

Washington:                  Puget Sound Healthcare System

West Virginia:                Huntington VA Medical Center, Lenore & Charleston Outpatient Clinics

Wyoming:                       Cheyenne VA Medical Center

In addition, the Foundation awarded thousands of dollars to projects that help wounded warriors.

The Board of Directors of the Blinded American Veterans Foundation are John Fales, Silver Spring, MD, President; Michael Jernigan, Dallas, TX, Vice-President;  Dennis Wyant, Gainesville, FL, Secretary; and Don Garner, West Haven, CT, Treasurer.  The Foundation has no paid staff and the members of its Board of Directors receive no compensation.

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