AOA hosts veterans health care leaders for talks on eye care access

April 5, 2012

Barry Barresi, O.D., executive director of the AOA, second from left, welcomed Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs (VA), second from right; Tom Zampieri, acting executive director of Blinded Veterans Association (www.bva.org), on left; Donald Simpson, O.D., representing the National Association of VA Optometrists, on right; and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Armed Services subcommittee chair, to the AOA’s headquarters for a briefing on optometry’s essential role in caring for America’s current and former military service personnel.

Following discussions about optometric education and the AOA’s efforts to safeguard veterans’ access to eye care, Dr. Barresi and presented Rep. Miller with the AOA Veterans Health Care Leadership Award in recognition of his strong support for VA optometry.

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