Blinded Veterans Association

Established to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness.

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Alexandria, VA – EIN 530214281 bva.org

Operation Peer Support (OPS) is a program that was designed by the Blinded Veterans Association to support the hundreds of men and women that were returning to the United States 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). However, over the years our program has widened its participation to all eras of visually impaired veterans. These events have significantly impacted many veterans’ lives by assisting them with accomplishing and overcoming challenges through rehabilitation.

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Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans Association
Blinded Veterans Association logo.jpg
AbbreviationBVA
Founded1945
FocusThe Blinded Veterans Association was established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness.
Location
OriginsFounded by a group of blinded World War II veterans at an Army hospital in Avon Old Farms, CT
Area served
United States
Members
11,000
Employees
24
Websitehttp://bva.org

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a U.S non-profit organization that was established to "help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness".

Services from BVA are available to all veterans who have become blind, either during or after active duty. The BVA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. BVA is a 503(c)(3) registered nonprofit; for the 2008–2009 Fiscal year, BVA's income was $4.2 million.[1]

Mission

The Mission of the BVA 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.
  • To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another.
  • To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside.

History

The BVA was established in 1945, at the end of World War II, by young veterans who had lost their sight in combat and were recovering together at an Army hospital in Connecticut. In 1958, the BVA was chartered by the U.S. Congress (Title 36, Chapter 303) to "speak and write on behalf of blinded veterans in national legislative affairs".[2] In addition to its legislative role, BVA has 52 regional groups that help veterans find services such educational services, counseling, peer support, and rehabilitation services. Currently, the BVA membership is about 11,000, but BVA services are available to any blinded veteran, regardless of membership status

Programs and services

Based on VA data, there are estimated to by more than 158,000 veterans in America that suffer from severe vision impairment or blindness. According to the BVA, 13% of wounded U.S. military troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a serious eye injury. In addition, approximately 7,000 veterans become newly blind or visually impaired from non-combat related causes.[3]

Field Service Program

The BVA employs seven full-time Field Service Representatives, who have been strategically placed in different geographical areas throughout the United States. Their goal is to locate and assist blinded veterans in overcoming the challenges inherent in sight loss. Since all of the Field Reps are legally blind veterans themselves, they can be effective role models in demonstrating that fellow veterans can take charge of their lives. Field Reps are responsible for linking veterans with local services, assuring that the newly blinded take advantage of VA Blind Rehabilitation Services, and assisting them with VA claims when necessary. When blinded veterans are ready to return to the workforce, BVA Field Reps can assist them with employment training and placement.

Operation Peer Support

BVA's newest program, Operation Peer Support (OPS) establishes connections between newly blinded veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with veterans who went through a similar transition following World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. These older blinded vets know the many challenges facing newly blinded service members, and can provide unique insight and understanding, having once faced similar challenges themselves.

See also

References

  1. ^ "BVA Guidestar Report". Guidestar.org. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "About BVA: History". Blinded Veterans Association. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "BVA Can Help". Blinded Veterans Association. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008.

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BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314-2963 | Tax-exempt since Aug. 1946
  • EIN: 53-0214281
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (Human Services — Multipurpose and Other)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

June 2019

Fiscal year ending June

2019

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Aug. 13, 2020)

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990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

June 2018

Fiscal year ending June

2018

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990

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990 (filed on April 12, 2019)

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990

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Fiscal year ending

June 2017

Fiscal year ending June

2017

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990

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990 (filed on Feb. 13, 2018)

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Total Revenue

$3,432,118

Total Functional Expenses $3,804,190
Net income -$372,072
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,647,679 77.1%
Program services $0
Investment income $319,904 9.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$5,705
Sales of assets $259,595 7.6%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $210,645 6.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $364,845 9.6%
Professional fundraising fees $118,691 3.1%
Other salaries and wages $842,832 22.2%
Other
Total Assets $12,863,077
Total Liabilities $310,357
Net Assets $12,552,720
Fiscal year ending

June 2016

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2016

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Total Revenue

$2,537,017

Total Functional Expenses $3,763,579
Net income -$1,226,562
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $2,221,653 87.6%
Program services $0
Investment income $335,714 13.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $1,549 0.1%
Sales of assets -$253,005
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $231,106 9.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $361,783 9.6%
Professional fundraising fees $97,970 2.6%
Other salaries and wages $824,785 21.9%
Other
Total Assets $12,929,630
Total Liabilities $287,017
Net Assets $12,642,613
Fiscal year ending

June 2015

Fiscal year ending June

2015

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990 (filed on Feb. 26, 2016)

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Total Revenue

$7,750,893

Total Functional Expenses $4,540,576
Net income $3,210,317
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $3,461,073 44.7%
Program services $0
Investment income $313,877 4.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $25,314 0.3%
Sales of assets $3,650,093 47.1%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $300,536 3.9%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $434,905 9.6%
Professional fundraising fees $19,600 0.4%
Other salaries and wages $829,224 18.3%
Other
Total Assets $14,387,609
Total Liabilities $331,241
Net Assets $14,056,368
Fiscal year ending

June 2014

Fiscal year ending June

2014

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990

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990 (filed on Dec. 10, 2014)

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Total Revenue

$6,266,637

Total Functional Expenses $4,486,505
Net income $1,780,132
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $5,322,585 84.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $205,714 3.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $3,809 0.1%
Sales of assets $482,290 7.7%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $252,239 4.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $461,392 10.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $685,858 15.3%
Other
Total Assets $11,520,643
Total Liabilities $308,614
Net Assets $11,212,029
Fiscal year ending

June 2013

Fiscal year ending June

2013

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Total Revenue

$3,925,054

Total Functional Expenses $4,536,660
Net income -$611,606
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $3,292,689 83.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $225,909 5.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $136,712 3.5%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $269,744 6.9%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $426,689 9.4%
Professional fundraising fees $24,000 0.5%
Other salaries and wages $750,978 16.6%
Other
Total Assets $9,646,310
Total Liabilities $266,991
Net Assets $9,379,319
Fiscal year ending

June 2012

Fiscal year ending June

2012

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990

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990

Total Revenue

$4,489,445

Total Functional Expenses $4,572,385
Net income -$82,940
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $4,060,178 90.4%
Program services $0
Investment income $216,885 4.8%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets -$42,672
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $255,054 5.7%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $451,525 9.9%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $823,459 18.0%
Other
Total Assets $9,991,226
Total Liabilities $232,988
Net Assets $9,758,238
Fiscal year ending

June 2011

Fiscal year ending June

2011

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990

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990

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June 2010

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2010

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990

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June 2009

Fiscal year ending June

2009

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990

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Fiscal year ending

June 2008

Fiscal year ending June

2008

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990

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June 2007

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2007

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990

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2006

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2005

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June 2004

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2004

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June 2003

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2003

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2001

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Last Updated: 2020-11-17 09:41