Navy Veteran Mark Carver attended the March 2, 2020 board meeting to accept the certificate Proclaiming March 28, 2020 as Blinded Veterans Day on behalf of the Blinded Veterans Association. Carver, who served as a Machine Mechanic for 8 years in the Navy, became blind due to complications with diabetes. He expressed his gratitude for the work the BVA has done for him and many other Veterans. The proclamation read...
WHEREAS, from the early beginnings, the Blinded Veterans Association members demonstrated to all veterans with visual impairments how to take their rightful place in the community creating a world built upon equality; and
WHEREAS, after 75 years, BVA still continues to advocate for veterans with combat related, accidental or age-related vision impairments to regain independence, confidence and self-esteem through rehabilitation, training and assisting their fellow veterans with visual impairments; and
WHEREAS, we recognize that the goals and ideals of BVA should be supported by citizens everywhere; and
WHEREAS, The Louisiana / Mississippi affiliate of the Blinded Veterans Association is dedicated to improving blind rehabilitation services, education and benefits for blinded veterans throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, many Americans recognize March 28 of each year as Blinded Veterans Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, in honor of the many blind veterans who live in Jackson County and throughout the Country, the Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim and observe March 28, 2020 as
BLINDED VETERANS DAY
in Jackson County, Mississippi and encourages its citizens to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Blinded Veterans Association by advocating for and supporting its goals and ideas.