Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1

WEB SITE: http://www.davbvnc.com/

November-December, 2010 Newsletter






Commander Dennis O’Connell
Phone 516 328-3438
Email: bvnc1@verizon.net

Senior Vice Commander Richard Bugbee
1st Junior Vice Commander Eddie Humphrey

2nd Junior Vice Commander Joe Wallace

3rd Vice Commander Junior Farley

4th Junior Vice Commander William Burgess
Advocate Dave May
Chaplain Rev. Tony Martino
Phone 847 736 2111

Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky

Phone 904 291-0576
email: pkjax@kaminsky.com

Immediate Past Commander Eddie Humphrey


If you know of any member who is sick or deceased please inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above.



Marilyn and I hope you all had a great Veterans Day, and would like to wish all members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving Day, Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah and a Happy, Peaceful & Healthy New Year.

Personally, my cast came off 4 days before my son’s wedding and I am still going through PT (to some it could be pain torture or to others physical therapy).

Hope you all voted on November 2, and as the old saying goes, if you didn’t vote then don’t complain!

Membership is the lifeblood of our Chapter. Please try and recruit a member. I recruited 4 members since July 1, why don’t you just find one to join and boost up our membership.



Jack Shapiro, Jackson Heights, NY



If you're an Ohio State fan you'll be able to relate to a local woman's dream. She used to be in the OSU Marching Band ... the band that does what's called "Script Ohio" on the field at half time. Her dream is to again be the one on the field to "dot the I" but Local 12's Paula Toti says there's a twist .. she'll do it with or without a guide dog.

 From the signature of famous coach Woody Hayes to the photo of the first and only time she got to dot the "I" in Script Ohio, Lisa Haynes-Henry has a lot of OSU memorabilia. She was thrilled in college to land a spot in the marching band. "Since then as they say .. I bleed scarlet and gray."

It was in grad school that Lisa noticed she was losing her vision. She has what's called Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP ... you often lose your peripheral vision first ... and it progresses. Fighting vision loss, Lisa set goals. "I knew I was going to dot the I."

 Lisa is also fighting her disease ... she participated in a research study funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.” And we did a two and a half year follow up to see what it's done for my vision. What's it done? It's stabilized my vision."

A drug the size of a grain of rice was implanted in her eye. Money for research comes from donations and Vision Walks like this one. Lisa's says even five dollars can help. "And I can sit here and say that five dollars may be the little bit that pushed it over the top so the study I was in was made possible."

Another dream was made possible ... Lisa has been invited to dot the I in Script Ohio at OSU's home opener next Thursday ... she won't even need the guide dog. "I've been anticipating this for years and it's hear .. Just a few days away."

Paula met Lisa through my own involvement with Vision Walk and FFB. Her story gives Paula hope we're on the right track in terms of finding cures. This year Lisa is walking for team Eye Dotters and Paula is walking for "Team Tim" on October Second.

In an twist for this Buckeye fan ... Lisa had her treatment in Michigan. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working for a cure for other eye diseases including macular degeneration.




If you go to You Tube  www.youtube.com and in the search edit  field you
enter VA National blind golf event and search you will get to listen and for
those who can see can watch as well. When you enter you will have to down arrow with Jaws or Windows Eye and you will get to the link to the T gold event.  You can also go to www.va.gov and put in VA sport event
where you will get a list of events that the VA have to offer for our veterans. 



For military forms and records on line




Carmakers agree to make electric cars noisier

by Peter Valdes-Dapena, NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) –

Automakers and advocates for the blind have agreed on a plan to address an unintended problem caused by electric and hybrid cars: They endanger sight-impaired and distracted pedestrians because they make no noise when running on electric power.

The groups joined together to present Congress with a proposal for minimum noise levels that future electric cars would have to make

Sometimes even sighted pedestrians can be unaware of the cars' approach.

"As a person who walks my dog in Virginia, where there are no sidewalks, I've been startled by hybrid cars, too," said Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

A study done last year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that hybrid cars tend to hit pedestrians more often than other cars in situations where the approaching car cannot be seen.

The AAM, along with the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the American Council for the Blind and the National Federation for the Blind, presented Congress with suggested language that could become part of the Motor Safety Act of 2010, a bill now moving through Congress that would create a host of new auto safety rules.

The proposed language would have NHTSA create a new safety standard for electrically powered cars involving some sort of minimum sound required when operating at low speeds. At higher speeds, wind and tire noise are typically enough to make the car detectable.

The sound couldn't be just anything. For instance, vehicle owners would not be able to "customize" the sound of their car the same way they can download ringtones for cell phones. That's specifically prohibited in the proposed rule.

Instead, car manufacturers would provide an approved sound or set of sounds for a given make and model of car.

It would be up to NHTSA to set the minimum noise level a vehicle would have to make at givens speeds and to determine what sort of sounds would be allowed. The sounds would need to communicate something about the car's speed and acceleration, just as the sound of a rumbling gasoline engine does.



VA Presumptives associated with exposure to Agent Orange

For more information please contact your National Service Officer.

VA Presumptive VN Vet Diseases Update 04:   

VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides or as associated with military service. Veterans suffering from the following conditions

may be eligible for disability compensation and health care benefits:

         Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy - A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within

1 year of exposure to Agent Orange and resolve within 2 years after the date it began.

         AL Amyloidosis - A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs.

         Chloracne (or Similar Acneform Disease) - A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA's rating regulations, chloracne (or other

acneform disease similar to chloracne) must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of exposure to Agent Orange.

         All chronic B-cell leukemia’s including, but not limited to, hairy-cell leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. - A type of cancer which affects white blood cells.

         Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2) - A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin.

         Hodgkin ’s disease - A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia.

         Ischemic Heart Disease including, but not limited to, acute, sub acute, and old myocardial infarction; atherosclerotic

cardiovascular disease including coronary artery disease (including coronary spasm) and coronary bypass surgery; and

stable, unstable and Prinzmetal's angina - A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart that leads to chest pain.

         Multiple Myeloma - A disorder which causes an overproduction of certain proteins from white blood cells.

         Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue.

         Parkinson ’s disease - A motor system condition with symptoms that include a trembling of the hands, imbalance,

and loss of facial expression.

         Porphyria Cutanea Tarda - A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in

sun-exposed areas. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of exposure to Agent Orange.

         Prostate Cancer - Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men.

         Respiratory Cancers - Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus.

         Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or Mesothelioma) - A group of

different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues.

VA has recognized the following birth defects associated with exposure to Agent Orange or service in Vietnam:

         Spina Bifida (except Spina Bifida Occulta) - A neural tube birth defect that results from the failure of the bony portion of the spine to close properly in the developing fetus during early pregnancy.

         Birth Defects in Children of Women Vietnam Veterans - Covered birth defects include a wide range of conditions associated with women veterans' service in Vietnam.

 Additionally, VA has recognized Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) diagnosed in Veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military was caused by their military service

(not responsible for spelling on this article…Editor)



Flag Presentation Update 06:

The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display

and care of the flag of the United States. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. § 1 et seq).

The following guidelines should be followed during periods when the flag is being paraded, the Pledge of Allegiance is given or the national anthem is played, and when the flag is in mourning:

Parading and saluting the flag

When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute. To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute.

. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of uniformed organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

The Pledge of Allegiance. All present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

National Anthem. The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem. During a rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed:

All present except those in uniform should stand at attention. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute. Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and When the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.