Independent Living Series Resource List

Organizations for Veterans

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
477 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694

The BVA, an organization of blinded veterans, helps blinded veterans and their families meet the challenges of visual impairment. It offers counseling as well as advocacy and referral to services, rehabilitation training, and job search assistance. Services are free, regardless of whether the veteran is a member, and regardless of whether the veteran became blind during or after military service. BVA is chartered by the U.S. Congress and is the only veteran's service organization focusing solely on serving veterans who are visually impaired.

American Legion
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206

This veterans wartime service organization provides help with VA claims, help with finding employment, and financial advice.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076
877-I AM A Vet (877-426-2838)

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301

The DAV provides assistance to service-connected disabled veterans and their dependent and survivors. Regional National Service Program offices represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from government agencies. These offices also provide information seminars, counseling, and community outreach.

The National Association of Blind Veterans
P.O. Box 784957
Winter Garden, FL 34778

NABV is an organization of blind veterans, service-connected and not service-connected, who are concerned about the well-being of other blind veterans. It is a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and tries to ensure blind veterans benefit from all NFB resources.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
801 Eighteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
TTY: 800-795-4327

This organization advocates for better health care and benefits. It helps veterans obtain benefits and find fulfilling employment, and it offers adaptive sports.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots
4210 77th St. East
Palmetto, FL 34221

This program pairs trained guide dogs with blinded veterans, offering residential training and lifelong support. It also provides specially trained service dogs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, it places therapy dogs in military hospitals to provide cheer and encouragement and promote healing.

Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255, press 1
Text message: 838255

This crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to veterans in crisis and their families and friends. Department of Veterans Affairs responders offer confidential support via voice hotline, online chat, or text.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Headquarters
406 W. 34th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

The organization lobbies Congress on behalf of veterans, monitors the Department of Veterans Affairs, and helps veterans file claims. It supports preference of veterans in hiring for government jobs. Its Tactical Assessment Center (TAC) has a 24-hour toll-free hotline answering questions about health care and benefits.

Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256
CFC #11425

This organization serves veterans injured in military service on or after September 11, 2011, and it also serves their families. It provides a variety of programs and services including outdoor rehabilitative retreats, adaptive sports, peer support, and professional services. It also offers higher education programs, information technology training, and employee assistance services.

Websites for Veterans Benefits

Each state manages its own benefit programs. This website provides a list of links to the websites for each of the individual states that offer veterans benefits. Also available is a link to The National Association of Directors of State Veterans Affairs (NADSVA), which maintains a list of 50 state and four territorial (common wealth) Veterans Affairs offices.

VA Benefits in Brief

The best source of information for a veteran new to the world of VA benefits is the introductory booklet available at this website. Select Veterans Services, select New to VA, and select the VA Benefits in Brief link.

(Submitted by: Patti Jacobson and Ginger Irwin; Last updated: July 31, 2013)

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