Come Join Blinded Veterans of the Heartland at our 2018 Annual Convention in Branson in April

Come meet and join your fellow Blinded Veterans of the Heartland in Branson from April 19th to the 22nd. We cordially invite any Veterans with visual impairments; your family and friends; and any VA staff to our annual convention. The Heartland Regional Group is the BVA’s only affiliate serving our fellow Veterans throughout Kansas, Missouri, and southern Illinois.

Your participation allows you to engage with other Veterans, caregivers and family members, supporting organizations, and VA service providers and staff. The wide range of conversations and programs will increase your knowledge about the BVA and VA services, upcoming events for blinded Veterans in the region, assistive and accessible technologies, and so much more. All we do ask attendees to our annual convention to being willing to share their thoughts and ideas to continue our efforts to build a stronger community supporting all blinded Veterans,

Here are the details for the 2018 annual convention of the Heartland Regional group of the Blinded Veterans Association:

Location

  • Westgate Branson Woods Resort
  • 2201 Roark Valley Road
  • Branson MO 65616

Dates

  • Arrival on April 19th
    • Arrive into Branson and check in on Thursday, April 19

    • Depart Branson on Sunday, April 22
    • Tentative schedule may be located below

    If you are interested in attending, below you will find how to secure your lodging today. For those requiring transportation assistance, please contact Paul Mimms at (816) 266-1773. We are currently trying to establish transportation assistance for individuals interested in linking up in Topeka, Leavenworth, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

    The Westgate is pleased to host the Heartland Regional Group, Blinded Veterans Association, at the Westgate Branson Woods Resort. We have used this location for the last two years with positive feedback from all participants. We do request you check in by April 19th and depart on April 22, but understand if you need to leave on Saturday the 21st. Additionally, the room reservation block price of $69 per night is extended for three days before and/or after the recommended check in and out dates.

    Reservations booked under the room block for the Heartland Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association requires a minimum deposit equal to one (1) night’s room & tax to be charged on a major credit card. Reservations must be received by
    the Resort no later than March 19, 2018. Our group code is:

    • 14-576

    A refundable security deposit equal to a fifty dollar ($50) credit card hold or two-hundred dollars ($200) cash deposit
    is required at check-in for each Reservation to cover any incidentals. This amount is fully refundable upon
    check-out if no incidentals are charged and there is no room damage.

    Below is the tentative schedule for our 2018 annual convention:

    • Arrival on Thursday, April 19th
    • Evening social and ice breaker
  • Meetings on Friday, April 20
    • Morning features our welcome address and opening ceremonies
    • Remainder of the day consists of educational sessions, presentations by regional group members and supporting organizations, and business meetings establishing goals for the regional group
  • Meetings for Saturday, April 21
  • Morning consists of business meetings and election of officers for 2018 to 2020
  • Afternoon consists of our closing banquet
  • Evening will be open for individual to depart early or enjoy a night of activities and attractions being planned for the group
  • Departure on Sunday, April 22
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    Blinded Veterans Unite for a Tour of the Topeka Capital

    On October 3rd, Blinded Veterans from the Topeka and Leavenworth VA Visual Impairment Services Team support groups will meet each other for the first time during a tour of the Topeka Capital. This event is being hosted through a joint venture between the Heartland Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association, Blind Not Alone LLC, and the VIST coordinator at the Topeka and Leavenworth VA. The Topeka and Leavenworth chapters of the Disabled American Veterans, Kansas Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs are supporting the trip by transporting the blinded Veterans, providing educational and peer support opportunities, and securing spaces for the group to learn more about Kansas blindness and Veteran resources. Special guests includes potential visits by Lt. Gov. Collyer and other elected officials during the lunch or afternoon.

    The group consists of approximately 45 participants, with the main focus on the 24 blinded Veterans and their caregivers. The remaining individuals consist of Veterans from the DAV, VA Blind Rehab Services from the Eastern Kansas and KC VAMC, and KABVI members. Blinded Veterans possess several identities, being blind, a Veterans, and in many cases having other disabilities. The multiple identities enables each individual to access a variety of programs and services empowering them to live fulfilling and independent lives.

    By uniting the two support groups, the trip aims to instill a sense of belonging amongst the Veterans. Traveling between Topeka and Leavenworth imposes a severe barrier for these two support groups to meet. Thanks to the volunteerism and camaraderie from our fellow Veterans and blinded Kansans makes this meeting possible. This is the goal of our organizations, bridge the divides between each other through community development.

    Blinded Veterans of the Heartland Monthly Teleconference for June 13

    This is an announcement for the monthly Blinded Veterans of the Heartland teleconference for June 13th. These sessions are open to any member of the Heartland Regional Group of the BVA, any visually impaired Veterans interested in learning more about us, and any family members and supporters residing across Kansas and Missouri. June’s call will be an open discussion, with the goal to solicit ideas for enhancing the lives of blinded Veterans. This calls participation details are:

    • Tuesday, June 13
    • 1100 Central Time
    • (866) 820-9940

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