THE BLINDED AMERICAN
VETERANS FOUNDATION (BAVF)
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.
Each year the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF) and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) National Defense Foundation sponsor a special project to support the Department of Veterans Affairs, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) and Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Service (BROS) programs by providing grants. 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.