This week in Louisville, Rep. Dean Schamore spoke to the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) at their 70th annual convention. BVA’s work is to assist blinded veterans in overcoming challenges inherent in sight loss and is among the noblest efforts in the history of America’s veterans groups.
BVA has developed Operation Peer Support, which connects combat-blinded veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam with newly blinded veterans who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, 13 percent of all wounded evacuees from Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced a serious eye injury.
“I am heartened to know that on an ongoing basis, Operation Peer Support is supporting blinded veterans and their families who are still struggling with the difficulties associated with loss of vision,” said Rep. Dean Schamore. “Know that your work brings honor to all of us and that we continue to stand in awe of each of you–your bravery, your sacrifice, and your courage to surmount obstacles, no matter how tough the climb.”
Dean Schamore served in the United States Navy and is currently Vice Chairman of the House Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.