Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1

WEB SITE: http://www.davbvnc1.com/contents.htm

March/April 2015 Newsletter

Editor: Dennis O’Connell

Email address: bvnc1@optonline.net






Commander Carroll Prosser (SC), Phone (843) 997-1981

Email: heypops43@gmail.com

Senior vice Commander James Hogan (CA)

1st Junior vice Commander Terry Livingston (FL)

 2nd Junior vice Commander Charles Brooks (FL)

 3rd Vice Commander Ron Lester (AZ)

4th Junior vice Commander William Burgess (FL)

Judge Advocate Dennis O’Connell (NY)
Chaplain Rev. Tony Martino (IL), Phone 847 736 2111, email:

Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky (FL) (also webmaster),

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

Immediate Past Commander Richard Bugbee (AZ)


PLEASE, if you know of any member who is sick or deceased inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above ASAPP.



Robert Dawson, Wichita KS

Lindinburge  Emery, Hot Springs AR  



James Hogan Recognized as Male Volunteer of the Year

James Hogan, Senior Vice Commander of the Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 (BVNC1) of the DAV, a longtime member of the Southern California Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) and a volunteer with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for the past 12 years, has been recognized as VA’s National Male Volunteer of the Year.

            The official award presentation will occur during the 69th Annual VA Voluntary Service National Advisory Committee Meeting and Conference held April 22-24, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

            James Hogan, a resident of Canyon Country, California, has logged more than 2,800 hours of voluntary service during his tenure. He is one of 260 BVA volunteers nationwide performing 34,177 hours of service during BVA’s Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014).

James’ dedicated service has also involved his wife, Pam, who volunteers with him. In addition, his guide dog of nine years, Atticus, has worked as a therapy dog for VA Healthcare System patients.

            James performs a multitude of volunteer tasks as a VA volunteer, serving blind and visually impaired veterans who are enrolled in the Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) program. As such, he helps veterans attend fishing trips by arranging transportation and for them. He also helps organize monthly VIST Support Group activities. One of his specialties is also outreach to younger Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and their families regarding benefits, adjustment to disability, and educational opportunities. He also actively serves his fellow blinded veterans within his BVA regional group, and is active as Senior Vice Commander of the BVNC1 of the DAV.

James visits regularly with veterans at the Sepulveda VA Community Living Center and Hospice and mobilizes the local Disabled American Veterans chapter to bring food goodies and cheer to hospitalized patients. Accompanied by Pam and Atticus, he visits veterans at the California State Veterans Homes in the Cities of Lancaster, Ventura, Barstow, and West Los Angeles.

James, Pam, and Atticus work with Vietnam Veterans of America on their annual Homeless Stand Downs in Ventura and Antelope Valley, California. They help the Elks raise funds for their annual veterans’ luncheon at their lodge and drive Boy Scouts to place more than 6,000 flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day.

            A veteran of the U.S. Navy, James Hogan was diagnosed with hearing loss as a young boy and quickly began utilizing hearing devices. Determined to fulfill his dream of serving his country, he enlisted in the Navy following graduation from high school in 1966. After serving 4½ years in Vietnam combat areas, he re-entered civilian life in 1973. Ten years later, he was diagnosed with Ushers II, a degenerative disease that causes both vision and hearing loss.

Despite his setbacks, James has worked relentlessly to maintain his active lifestyle. He, Pam, and Atticus are often seen riding through town on a Lightfoot Duo Recumbent Cycle, a side-by-side, two-seat quadracycle they obtained after a refresher course James took at the Palo Alto VA Blind Rehabilitation Center in 2012. He has also been an avid spokesman on behalf of those with hearing loss for the Hear Strong Foundation. Last year he was proclaimed as a Hear Strong champion by the organization.




Certain veterans with service-connected disabilities that result in the veteran being Total & Permanent Disabled may be entitled to a complete discharge of all student loans.

A total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge relieves you from having to repay a William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loan, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loan, and/or Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program loan or complete a TEACH Grant service obligation on the basis of your total and permanent disability. Before your federal student loans or TEACH Grant service obligation can be discharged, you must provide information to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to show that you are totally and permanently disabled. ED will evaluate the information and determine if you qualify for a TPD discharge.



The Most GERMS Laden Item In A Restaurant

Who would have guessed?!

It's something you touch every time you go in a restaurant. And you

handle it first, so it's sort of like a germ-laden appetizer. And I'm

not talking about week-old sushi, either. It's a bacteria magnet

that's apt to have far more microbes on it than a toilet seat!

Give up?

It's the menu...

If you were planning to make a germ-transfer device, you couldn't do

better than a restaurant menu. Everyone touches it, and it's almost

never cleaned.

Dr. Chuck Gerba, a researcher from the University of Arizona, went

undercover in three different states taking swab samples from

frequently touched restaurant areas and items such as salt and pepper

shakers, chairs, lemon slices and menus. And menus won the first

prize, with a typical bacteria count of 185,000. To put that in

perspective, Dr. Gerba said that's "about 100 times more bacteria"

than is found on a typical toilet seat.

Other testing done by the New York University Microbiology Department

found germy menus as well, but other results may surprise you. Ketchup

bottles were relatively clean. But half the salt and pepper shakers

tested were contaminated. And the bathroom faucets and door knobs

turned out to be the cleanest surface of all the places tested.

But the award goes to the lemon wedge. Believe it or not, half of the

ones examined were contaminated with fecal matter. That might make

iced tea the most dangerous thing on the menu!

Experts advise the same thing your mom said before EVERY SINGLE meal.

"Go wash your hands before you eat!" and I would add -- and after you

read the menu!

To Your Good Health !!!




The Department of Veterans Affairs evolved from the first federal Veterans’ facility established for Civil War soldiers and sailors of the Union Army, known initially as the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

On March 3, 1865, a month before the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law to establish a national soldiers and sailor’s asylum. Renamed the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1873, it was the first government institution in the world created specifically for honorably discharged volunteer soldiers.

The first National Home, known as the Eastern Branch of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, opened November 1, 1866, near Augusta, Maine.

As the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, Congress established new benefits for World War I Veterans that included programs for life insurance, disability compensation, prosthetics, vocational rehabilitation, and hospitalization, along with new federal agencies to administer them. Federal Veterans medical care shifted from lifelong residential care to short-term treatment in general or specialized hospitals, supplemented by job re-training or disability pensions.

General Omar Bradley took the reins at VA in August 1945 and steered its transformation into a modern organization. In January 1946, Public Law 293 established VA’s Department of Medicine and Surgery, along with numerous other programs like the VA Voluntary Service to provide better services to Veterans. The law enabled VA to recruit and retain top medical personnel by modifying the civil service system, establishing medical research, and affiliating VA hospitals with medical schools to place Veterans’ medicine on par with the private sector.

VA continues to meet Veterans’ changing medical, surgical and quality-of-life needs.

President Reagan signed the document that elevated VA to Cabinet Level



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