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New York Regional Group, Blinded Veterans Association


On behalf of everyone at the Blinded Veterans Association, we are honored to share the memory of Carlton Evans, Robert Hooks, Thomas William, and Lee Chang Joseph by keeping alive their memories and many things that they did for the peace in America and our organization. We are forever grateful and thankful to their families and for their service and sacrifice.

Leon Collier, President


The Blinded Veterans Association is dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering Veterans to Lead High-Quality Lives with Respect and Dignity.

We accomplish this by ensuring veterans and their families can access the full range of available military benefits. We fight for the interest of America’s blinded and visually impaired as they transition back to civilian life and educate the public about the great sacrifice and needs of blind veterans.

READ: Blinded Veterans Association BY-LAWS

James J. Peters VA Medical Center Building Bronx New York

James J. Peters VA Medical Center

The New York Regional Group of the BVA was established in 1958. The Regional Chapter exists to provide local support to veterans across New York State.

There are two chapters, Bronx Westchester (New York City) and Buffalo. We encourage the formation of other BVA groups in New York State to help our brave service men and women who risked everything to keep us safe.

We support blind and low vision Veterans and active duty Servicemembers in regaining their independence and quality of life. Enabling their successful integration into family and community life. We help families and significant others better understand visual impairment and encourage their support. Enhancing home environments and reducing caregiver burden. While we grieve for those who lost their lives, we must also support those who were injured in the line of duty.

READ: New York chapter NEWSLETTER

Our Mission

The New York BVA provides high quality regional  support to blind veterans, when and where they need it. To help them achieve independence and fulfillment, transforming their lives.

The New York Regional Group represents visually impaired veterans in Federal, State and Local government legislation. Our goal is to ensure veteran rights are considered as new government legislation is passed and not merely added as an afterthought.


Our values underpin the way we work, interact and deliver services to New York’s blind veterans. Built around the mission statement, ‘WE WORK TOGETHER AS “ONE TEAM”, our values are:

  • Caring is at the heart of everything we do
  • Enable and trust each other
  • Foster a pioneering spirit
  • Celebrate success


Leon Collier



James Goodie


James Day


dca1906@optonline.net Dca1906@gmail.com



Bronx Westchester Officers

Raymond Negron






Michael Miller



Buffalo Chapter

  • 1) President -VACANT
  • 2) Vice-President- VACANT
  • 3) Secretary- VACANT
  • 4) Treasurer – VACANT

Join Us

Blinded Veterans of New York is a 501(c) organization. Membership in BVA is open to all legally blind and blinded veterans of U.S. military service.
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