The Heartland Regional Group promotes the acceptance of blindness and empowers independence through three principal activities:
- Camaraderie from peer support groups.
- Sharing information about resources, and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to community-based organizations.
- Promoting participation in activities, like our annual meetings in Branson to outdoors recreational programs.
The Heartland Regional Group strives to alter the perceptions about blindness from one focused on limitations to one where the only limitations are those created by the individual. Blindness might be a life altering condition, but it does not stop one from living, only changes the methods which one lives.
The Heartland Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association covers those Veterans with a visual impairments in Kansas and Missouri. While the Heartland Regional Group has only existed since 2014, our roots with the Kansas Regional Group and Missouri Regional Group goes back decades. In 2014 the membership of both BVA affiliates felt merging together would strengthen their ability to ensure no Veteran with a visual impairment is left behind. Since the merger, the Heartland Regional Groups successfully increased its outreach potential through a series of teleconferences available for all blinded Veterans, executed an annual conference in Branson each year, and devised collaborative partnerships with offer an increasing number of recreational activities.
Public Service Announcements
One of the best ways to understand how the Blinded Veterans Association impacts the lives of our fellow Veterans is to hear it from our members. Each of these public Service Announcements demonstrates how our peer support programs, promotion of active lifestyles, and modeling success after sight loss turns our motto of assisting our fellow Veterans with a visual impairment into our core sense of self.