BVA’s Al Avina Joins Aira Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce that Al Avina, Executive Director of the Blinded Veterans Association, has joined Aira’s Board of Advisors. A U.S. Army veteran, Al is a tireless advocate for the veteran community that he serves, and of which he is a member. Al is Executive Director at BVA, an 8,000 member organization representing the needs and interests of the 132,000 blinded beterans in the U.S. BVA has been instrumental in working to expand services to veterans who are blind and low vision, and ensure that they are represented in the broader veterans community.

Al Avina and colleague Claudia walking through Arlington National Cemetery for the Veterans Day Celebration.

As an advisor, Al brings a wealth of knowledge surrounding assistive technology, public policy, and veterans issues to his role at Aira. Today, as we honor our nation’s veterans, Aira is especially grateful to have his guidance and leadership on the our team.

“For my work, I travel extensively throughout the country,” said Al Avina. “Aira has been invaluable in helping me navigate unfamiliar cities as I move through streets, airports, and hotels. I’m excited to help guide the direction of the product as it evolves, and can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Al Avina using Aira while walking through Arlington National Cemetery with his guide dog Katie.

“Aira is on a mission creating a novel veteran ecosystem consisting of veteran agents and spouses of vets to provide our service to the blinded veterans,” said Aira CEO Kanuganti.

“It’s amazing to see the empathy that already exists in the veteran community which makes it ideal for such an ecosystem. I am super psyched Al Avina joining our advisory board helping me and the company make this mission a reality at scale.”

Welcome Al!