Serving Veterans

Here are a few projects our group is taking part in.

We are partnering with the USA Hockey Foundation and are developing “The Oregon Osprey Blind Hockey” a Blind Hockey Program in the Pacific Northwest.

We are committed to continuing representing the blinded veterans in the Pacific Northwest at the VA leadership table in Portland, advocating for blinded veterans in every area possible.

We are committed to providing a certified Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO) to meet the needs of the veteran community within the boundaries of the BVAOCRG.

We are committed to continuing our outreach to the public by providing speakers to civic groups and schools in the community. We are developing a “Speakers Bureau” to fulfill the request made by community groups. If you would like to be a speaker on behalf of the BVA in and around please let us know.

We are developing “A Guide to Living With Low-Vision and Blindness.” This guide will be highlighting community resources of benefit to the blind and low vision community. The guide will be provided free of charge to all who request a copy while supplies last.

We committed to again support the Veterans Administration VIST coordinator, Jody Roth, as she arranges the 2018 Holiday Party.

We are developing an awards program to promote public awareness of the blind community. We plan to recognize one individual or group in each of the following categories.
1) Volunteer of the year,
2) Professional of the year and  
3) Emerging technology of the year.
Please give it some thought and preparation to submit nominations for our inaugural awards night to be held in March of 2019. Nominations will be received from BVA members and from the public at large. We will send out more details in the future so be sure to check back for more details

We are again providing a “Safe and Secure 4th of July” for veterans (and their families) suffering the effects of PTSD during the week of the July 4th2019. At the event, we provide lunch, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, watermelon stations throughout the day, homemade hand-cranked ice-cream, face painting and other activities for the children, dinner, live entertainment, and transportation to and from the event from the VA in Vancouver Washington and the VA in Portland.

We are going on a day trip to a casino in September and are planning a trip to the Portland Zoo for the Christmas lights.

We do not have a date yet but we are looking at a trip to the symphony, a tour of Boeing Aircraft, and the Columbia Sportswear Company. Not to be forgotten, we have several great wineries and breweries in our area. Perhaps there is something in your area that you might suggest.

How do you feel about a trip to our nation’s capital in 2020? Call for details as early as possible to reserve your spot.

We will be getting together again on August 8that 2:00 PM at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, Oregon. It is not an official meeting but it is a work session to develop the teams to work on our projects. If you can attend please email [email protected] for the room number and directions.