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Loretta Accepting WDVA GrantJanuary 15, 2015 – Today WCBVI’s Executive Director Loretta Himmelsbach accepted a $5,000 grant from Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Board Member Larry Kutschma at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Council is eager to utilize this award to further develop low vision services and resources for Wisconsin veterans.

The grant will fund four one-on-one technology visits and the development of a Low Vision Support Group in Rock County. The first support group session will be held in April 2015 and monthly sessions will continue on a pilot basis until December 2015.

In addition to the Support Group development and assistive technology education provided, the Council will partner with the Middleton VA in Madison to offer a statewide webinar. The webinar, “Benefits and Support for Veterans with Low Vision,” is slated for September 2015.

Special thanks go out to WCBVI’s Board Member Gary Traynor, Calvin Tucker from Dryhootch Madison, and Kurt Brunner, VIST Coordinator at Williams S. Middleton VA in Madison for their assistance in the beginning stages of the grant proposal process, and to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs for supporting nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and families. This grant will further the Council’s efforts in fulfilling its mission.

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is a community-based, nonprofit organization that serves citizens who are blind and visually impaired. The mission of WCBVI is to promote the dignity and independence of the people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation, and educating the general public. To learn more about the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired, visit