Peer Support and Teleconferencing Services

Peer support is one of the greatest methods one learns to contend and overcome a disability. Do not let travel barriers prevent you from connecting with your peers and join any of these teleconferences for blind Veterans. Each enables you to directly interact and learn from other blinded Veterans about topics like blindness information, what is happening in the area, using a guide dog, and technology. We encourage you to review the list and consider participating when available.

General Teleconferences

Heartland Regional Group Monthly Teleconference

  • When: Second Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 1100 or 11:00 Am Central Time
  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by clicking here
  • iPhone users simply tap on (646) 876-9923,,7854091838#
  • or dial (669) 900-6833,,7854091838#
  • This teleconference is designed to discuss activities, actions, and ideas related to the Heartland Regional Group. It is open to everyone interested in furthering the Heartland’s Objectives.

Council on Veteran Guide and Service Dog Handlers Monthly Teleconference

  • When: third Wednesday of each month
  • Time: 1100 or 11:00 Am Central Time
  • Phone Number: TBD) 820-9940
  • This teleconference provides blinded Veterans interested in service dogs the chance to talk about service dogs, legislation impacting service dogs, using service dogs in public and at the VA, and other topics. Participants includes blinded Veterans, representatives of guide dog schools, representatives from the VA, and similar parties.

Technology Specific Teleconferences

  • Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk meets the third Thursday of each month at 1900 Central Time
  • Blind Vet Tech Monthly MacOS Talk meets the second Thursday of the month at 1900 Central Time
  • Blind Vet Tech Monthly Narrator Talk is coming soon
  • Hines iOS, GPS conference call meets the first Tuesday of every month, 10 AM Central time
    • Join by calling (800) 767-1750,44125#
    • Contact Rick Olson for more info at rwoverna2@gmail.com
  • Hines computer conference call, meets the first Thursday each month, 10AM Central time
    • Join by calling (800) 767-1750,44125#
    • Contact Kevin Jackson for more info at kmjacksonsr@att.net
  • Blinded Vets & Friends – Homepage meets every Tuesday at 7PM Central time using TC Conferencing. Contact Jerry Hogan at Jerry Hogan jerryhogan5gearthlink.net

    Peer Support Groups

    Kansas City VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

    • When: Second Thursday of each month
    • Time: 1030 or 10:30 Am Central Time
    • Location: Hall of Heroes, KCVA
    • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

    Topeka VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

    • When: First Tuesday of each month
    • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
    • Location: Menninger Conference Room, Building 1, Topeka VAMC
    • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

    Leavenworth VA Medical Center Visual Impairment Services Team’s Peer Support Meeting

    • When: Second Wednesday of each month
    • Time: 1000 or 10:00 Am Central Time
    • Location: group room #4, 6th Floor, Building A, Leavenworth VAMC
    • This VIST Peer Support Group is open to all visually impaired Veterans and their family/support systems. Please contact the VIST Coordinator for more information about topics and other information.

    If you operate a peer support group and would like it listed, send us an email through our contact form on the Contact Us page.