ROB SANCHAS (ASST. DIRECTOR)
ROB'S FAVORITE ORGANIZATIONS
Blind Veterans Association (BVA)
BVA serves as ambassadors and mentors for all veterans and their families coping with sight loss.
BVA continually strives to better the lives of all who served in the Armed Forces living with sight loss
through: expert advocacy, engaged membership, clear communication and peer inspired self-reliance.
Our BVA family epitomizes respect, honor, dedication and commitment to sustain a thriving, informed,
patriotic and connected community.
BVA is the ONLY congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization created for, consisting of and
led by Visually Impaired Veterans focused on the issues, advocacy and mentorship vital to all veterans
and families coping with sight loss regardless of service connection. Specifically tasked by Congress to:
- Operate as a not-for-profit corporation exclusively for charitable, educational, patriotic and civic
- Promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may
take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the
creation of a peaceful world
- Preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give
mutual aid and assistance to one another
- Maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom and to encourage loyalty to the
Constitution and laws of the United States and of the States in which they reside
Freedom Team, Achilles International
In 2004, Achilles launched the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans program. An extension of the Achilles process of physical strengthening, building confidence, and generating a supportive community, the program was adapted to the specific needs of wounded members of the U.S. military. Program participants receive training as well as use of specialized adaptive devices, such as hand-crank wheelchairs. While the goal is to enter and complete a marathon, the program stresses “achievable accomplishment,” encouraging participants to begin by training for a less-demanding competition, such as our 4-mile “Hope and Possibility” race. This allows the members to experience success and build confidence. Since its inception, we have worked closely with the physical therapists at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; and Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. All injured military personnel and veterans are eligible for the program, whether the injury is combat or non-combat related.
The National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island
Changing what it means to be blind in Rhode Island.
The National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island is this state's affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Our parent organization was formed in 1940 to try to improve the standard of living for the blind of this country. In 1970, this affiliate came into existence and began its work in bettering the lives for blind Rhode Islanders
There motto is: Live the Life You Want.
Verbiage was taken from the links above.
- New York City Marathon 2017, 2018
- L.A. Marathon 2018
- Providence R.I. Marathon 2018
- Chicago Marathon 2018
- Boston Marathon 2019
- California International Marathon 2019
- Marine Corps Marathon 2019, 2020