Blind veterans at the presentation of the colors at the NFB National Convention

Blind Veterans

Strengthening the Quest for Independence

"After attending my first NFB national convention as a blind veteran, I knew I had found my home."
—Gene Huggins, Blind Veteran

The National Association of Blind Veterans (NABV)—a division of the National Federation of the Blind—is an organization comprised of blind veterans dedicated to improving their lives and reaching out to other blind veterans. The NABV offers assistance and resources on both a local and a statewide level to help newly blinded or visually impaired veterans connect with others like themselves to share experiences, provide guidance on career and blindness training, and generally support one another.

Blind veteran Gene Huggins with his dog in a motorcycle sidecar

Being a part of the National Association of Blind Veterans and its parent organization, the National Federation of the Blind—the country's largest and most influential organization of blind people—connects you to 50,000 friends and limitless resources across the United States that are available to provide support and assistance to blinded and visually impaired veterans and their families. 

The National Association of Blind Veterans is founded on a positive attitude about blindness. We believe that when given training and opportunity, blind veterans can work, raise families, enjoy recreational activities, and contribute to society. As blind veterans living fulfilling and independent lives, we know firsthand that blindness is not a barrier to accomplishing one's goals in life. We want to help all blinded and visually impaired veterans take charge of their lives and find true independence and freedom from low expectations and misconceptions about the true nature of blindness. Please join us as we change what it means to be a blind veteran in today's society.

We invite you to learn about the services we have available through our national network.

Blind veteran Debi Black on Lookout Mountain

Veteran services include:

  • Local and statewide resources to connect blind veterans with each other
  • Guidance and advice about benefits for blind veterans
  • Career development and opportunities
  • Training and education in blindness skills that will allow blind veterans to function independently
  • Advice for friends and family
  • Scholarships for wounded warriors and veterans
  • Tips for managing transportation, medical appointments, and meetings
  • Information about assistive technology available through many agencies assisting blind veterans
"The NFB inspired me to believe that in climbing, as in life, I do not have to accept limitations just because I am blind."
—Debi Black, blind veteran
Dwight Sayer

For further information, please contact:

Dwight D. Sayer, President
National Association of Blind Veterans
PO Box 784957
Winter Garden, Florida 34778
[email protected]

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