IFB Solutions has been serving the blind community since 1936, and we’ve experienced a grave threat to the future of our mission of employing, training and serving people who are blind or visually impaired.
Veterans are not just a population IFB Solutions has served for two decades through millions of pairs of glasses, but also a significant part of our employee base. To read their individual stories, click here.
On June 3, 2019, we were notified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it would begin terminating our long-standing contracts to produce eyeglasses for military veterans and their families. These contracts, which IFB Solutions has held since 2000, provided employment for 137 IFB Solutions employees who work in our optical lab, including 76 people who are blind and 15 veterans. These contracts have been terminated and IFB Solutions no longer produces approximately 1,200 pairs of eyeglasses each day for the VA. Nearly one hundred positions have been eliminated.
On October 30, 2019, Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA) and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), along with a bipartisan group of House members introduced H.R. 4920 (click here to view), a bill that would help restore a portion of these contracts and protect jobs for people who are blind and veterans employed by AbilityOne agencies. This bill would help reverse the Rule of Two order that as currently outlined in the Veterans Benefits Act gives priority to veteran-owned companies over AbilityOne nonprofits like IFB Solutions for contracts awarded prior to 2006.
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IFB Solutions is an AbilityOne agency and is proud to employ nearly 40 veterans across its various operations.