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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Stuart Nelson, BVA Communications Manager
Before August 20: 202-371-8880
August 20-27 (cell): 571-332-1757
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Margaret Casey
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Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26
Annual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — August 16, 2016 – Blinded veterans from across the country will come together August 22-26 at the Wisconsin Center and Hilton Milwaukee City Center for the 71st National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). The Association is a congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of America’s blind and visually impaired veterans and their families.

Several hundred delegates and other convention attendees, among them veterans who have recently experienced vision loss from injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, will set BVA’s course for its upcoming fiscal year and participate in a variety of information sessions.

Highlights of the convention will be:

  • Exhibit Hall in the convention center open to the public August 23-24, featuring Internet surfing by speech, low-vision simulators, audible money identifiers and scanners, mobility aids and guide dogs for independent living, audible Global Positioning System products and more.
  • Luncheon on Thursday, August 25, with remarks by BVA of Wisconsin Regional Group President John Carter. John Carter is a Vietnam veteran whose career as a Milwaukee cop was cut short by a shotgun blast that cost him his eyesight. He later graduated from Marquette University Law School and became a distinguished attorney, highly respected by local lawyers and politicians.

A key financial supporter of this year’s gathering is Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a leading researcher into the causes and treatment of Non-24, a circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Other major sponsors of the BVA convention are NuEyes, America’s VetDogs, National Industries for the Blind, Eschenbach, En-Vision America, Uber, LS&S, and Sprint.

BVA’s membership of approximately 8,500 and convention attendees include blinded veterans from the state of Wisconsin. All BVA members share a common bond as legally blind veterans. They resolve to help one another understand and receive the rightful benefits they earned through their service. The Association also represents the interests of its members before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages all blinded veterans to participate in VA blind rehabilitation programs.

For more information on Blinded Veterans Association, visit

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