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Bronze Braille American Flag presented to Lafayette VA Clinic honors veterans with vision loss

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 23:46:58-04

A bronze Braille American Flag was presented to the Lafayette VA Clinic on Thursday, October 15.

The flag and accompanying plaque were donated by the Louisiana/Mississippi Blinded Veterans Association.

The association says that the 12" by 13" Bronze Flag honors the World War II Heroes who on March 28, 1945 banded together to form the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA).

"It represents a cross-section of heroes and pioneers who shaped the rich history, philosophy, and knowledge of education and techniques rehabilitating the blind," says BVA. "These same men also provided insight into current and future challenges facing the blind and engaged in continual advocacy efforts to ensure that services for all blinded persons would be specialized for their unique life circumstances."

"They recognize that we serve all veterans to include the blind and those being rehabilitated from blindness," explained Peter Dancy, Director of Alexandria, VA Healthcare System. "It's an honor for us to serve, and I hope they'll feel privileged that we are recognizing them."

The Bronze Flag has raised relief stars and stripes with the pledge of allegiance included in braille.

BVA says their goal is to present a flag to each VA medical center to display in their lobby along with a plaque honoring all veterans with vision loss.

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