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BVL Recognized as one of “America’s Best” Charities 

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that BVL has met the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.  These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign.  Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

“We have always prided ourselves on our efficient and effective stewardship,” commented BVL Board of Directors Chair John LaSpina.  “However, with this distinction — along with our acceptance into the Combined Federal BFV-Website-4_13Campaign last year – we can illustrate that stewardship to our contributors.”

BVL programs are in place throughout the nation’s VA Medical Centers, Vet Centers and State Homes.  BVL picks up where government funding leaves off, providing the ‘extras’ that brighten spirits and boost morale.

Music, the arts, recreation and sports are incorporated into the rehabilitation process through BVL grants – speeding recovery and sending a message of care and remembrance to our country’s heroes.  BVL national activities include tours of the entertainment troupe “Re-Creation,” the annual BVL/VA Veterans Tournament, and support for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Golden Age Games, Training Exposure Experience Tournament, Creative Arts Festival, and Winter and Summer Sports Clinics.

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