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AOA honors BVA

February 6, 2012

AOA President Dori Carlson, O.D., presents Tom Miller, executive director of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), with an AOA Health Leadership Award honoring the organization’s service to blinded veterans as well as veterans with low vision. 

Dr. Carlson also presented the BVA with an AOA check to support Operation Peer Support, through which BVA places combat-blinded veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam in contact with veterans who have lost sight as the result of wounds sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The program is designed to help recently blinded veterans cope with their blindness by offering support from those who have experienced what it means to be blinded by combat injuries.

The AOA Advocacy Group annually presents Health Leadership Awards to honor legislators and government officials who advance efforts related to eye and vision care. 

Miller and the BVA are among the first outside the government ever to receive the award. Dr. Carlson made the presentation during a Nov. 17 visit to the BVA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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