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Friday, May 27, 2011

The History of Memorial Day

In the US, Memorial Day is a time for us to honor our fallen soldiers. In between bites of hot dogs and hamburgers, visiting with friends and relatives, let's not forget those who paid the ultimate price so that we may be free.

Check out Memorial Day History: for a brief history of Memorial Day.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite. All legally blind veterans are eligible for BVA's help, whether they became blind during, or after, active duty. Through the BVA Forum, members and visitors can post up-to-date information, ask questions, reply to posts, and keep in touch with other members, their families, and BVA staff on the Net.

BVA traces its roots back to the end of World War II and was founded by a group of veterans blinded during that conflict. In 1945, they met at Avon Old Farms Army Convalescent Hospital in Avon, Connecticut and founded the Association. Thirteen years later, BVA received its charter from the United States Congress. Today, BVA Field Representatives, all of which are blinded vets, travel throughout the United States counseling blind vets and their families.

BVA awards scholarships under the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program. Only dependent children and spouses of blinded veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces are eligible. Request scholarship applications and check deadlines by contacting the BVA.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
477 H St., N W
Washington, DC 20001-2694
Toll Free: 800-669-7079
Phone: 202-371-8880

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