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“I’ve shaved my head twice recently for a fundraiser on behalf of children’s cancer and decided to try something different,” said Dennis. “I did find my way back from the walk and was able to secure some generous donations from kind people who supported our efforts to help find cures for various eye diseases.”

The Long Island event fundraising goal was $150,000. It brought in approximately $97,000.

VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Since its inception in the spring of 2006, the program has raised more than $10 million to fund research for retinal degenerative diseases and other conditions. Tens of thousands of walkers have contributed to the cause in VisionWalks nationwide over the past three years.

BVA Member Honored

by French Consul

Glen Dill, a World War II blinded veteran from Iowa City, Iowa, and a BVA life member, recently received the Legion of Honor Award from the Consul General of France.

The award was presented to Glen by Consul General Jean-Baptiste de Boissiere during a ceremony in Chicago on July 21. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs also participated in the event.

“The reason BVA National would never hear about this, except from someone like me, is that Glen would not want it publicized or even necessarily known,” said Iowa City VA Medical Center VIST Coordinator Mike Owen. “Because of his modesty and unassuming nature, he is almost embarrassed to admit he received it.”

Glen was one of 11 World War II veterans honored at the Chicago presentation. He served in the U.S. Army’s “C” Company of the 745th Tank Battalion. In addition to his D-Day service, he participated in several campaigns in France. He has also been awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and two Bronze Stars, among other medals.

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honor recognizes eminent service to the French Republic.

BVA Promotes Services

At FedEx Field Event

Tom Miller and Tom Zampieri distributed BVA literature and spoke personally with veterans participating in the second annual Timeout for Veteran’s Health November 7 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

The event, in recognition of Veterans Day, was a unique screening and educational event in the Washington Redskins team locker room to encourage men and women military veterans to be proactive about their health. The theme was “Do More, Feel Better, Live Longer.”

Sponsored by the Redskins, GlaxoSmithKline, and other Health and Wellness partner organizations, the event provided veterans with a comprehensive series of health screening tests for cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, blood pressure, prostate exams, body fat, grip strength, mammograms, and ocular exams. They also received health educational materials on various health conditions.

Veterans Service Organizations were allowed to set up informational tables in the tunnel extending from the locker room to the field of play.

Association Again Supports

“Art Beyond Sight”

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