A Proclamation declaring March 28 as Blinded Veteran’s Day was signed by Mayor Caroline Wadzeck of Dayton, Texas. The Proclamation was presented to South East Texas Chapter of the Greater Houston Regional Group of the Blinded Veteran’s Association. Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.
Public Law 111-156, enacted in March 2010 by the 111th Congress in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate with two separate resolutions, designated March 28 each year going forward as National Blinded Veteran’s Day.
March 28, 2021 marks the 76th Anniversary of the Blinded Veteran’s Association.
At 8:45 a.m. on March 28, 1945, 100 blinded members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in World War II formed the Blinded Veteran’s Association at “Old Farm” Army convalescent hospital in Avon, Connecticut.
The founders of the Blinded Veteran’s Association were heroes and pioneers who not only shaped the rich history, philosophy and knowledge of education and rehabilitation of the blinded but also provided insight into current and future challenges facing the blind and engaged in continual advocacy efforts to ensure services for all blinded persons would be unique and specialized.
The Blinded Veteran’s Association was approved by Congressional Charter in 1958.
Center: Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck, Left to Right: South East Texas Chapter Blinded Veteran’s Association Officers, Chaplain George Pate, President John Lee, Vice President Jerry Myers, Sec/Treas Jerry Killion, Not in picture: Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Nicholas