Sacramento - Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) presented Senate Resolution 26 to mark the 74th anniversary of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) and their efforts to improve rehabilitation services, education, and benefits for our nation’s blinded veterans. The resolution passed the Senate with unanimous support.
Immediately following the resolution’s passage, Senator Borgeas presented the resolution to Ted Tenedora, secretary/treasurer of the Northern California Regional Group - Blinded Veterans Association; Richard Hunter, member of the Blinded Veterans Association and program coordinator for the USABA Marathon National Championship; and Edward Crane, president of My Assistance Dog Inc.
“SR 26 seeks to honor our nation’s veterans’ organizations who suffer from visual impairments and bring awareness to the efforts to help them regain their independence,” said Senator Borgeas.
The BVA’s mission is to promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world. The Association offers scholarships, peer support, and help navigating the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
The BVA prides itself for its Veteran Service Program Resource Center, a one-stop shop which includes a dedicated toll free number veterans can call to receive services from a BVA Accredited Service Officer. They also operate ‘Operation Peer Support’ a program designed to support the hundreds men and women who are returning to the US blinded or experiencing significant visual impairment in connection with their service fighting the Global War on Terror; Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
Additionally the BVA offers scholarships to spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans. The annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship are each designed to assist recipients with their higher education tuition. This year’s scholarship applications are due Friday, April 19.
For more information about the Blinded Veterans Association visit www.bva.org.