ALEXANDRIA, Virginia -- The Blinded Veteran's Association's 74th annual Convention will be hosted at the Marriot Southern Hills Hotel from Aug. 12-16 in Tulsa. Wednesday morning speakers will include Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary James Byrne, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Deputy Mayor Amy Brown. On Thursday, Joe Galloway, co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once and Young," will be the keynote speaker at the Father Carroll Luncheon.

Additional speakers include Dr. Glenn Cockerham, national programs director for the VA Ophthalmology Services; Dr. John Townsend, director of optometry services; Karen Keninger, director of national library services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; and Nicole Sandlan, national program director of Blind Rehabilitation Services.

Leading national family caregiver authority, Gary Edward Barg, founder of Today's Caregiver magazine, will host an expert Question and Answer panel Aug. 13 titled "Best practices: advice, support and adaptive technologies for family caregivers and the visually impaired" from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The panel also will feature Michael Macon, RN, VA caregiver support coordinator; Mickey Hinds, education coordinator; and Richard Tapping, Vispero vice president.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature an exhibit hall where over 40 of the industry's leading international companies will showcase their newest and cutting edge adaptive technology for the blind and visually-impaired.

The 74th convention is BVA's premier event geared toward BVA delegates and other convention attendees, among them recent Post 9/11 era blinded service members or other veterans who have recently experienced vision loss.