Blinded Veterans Association Florida Regional Group Official Website

Southwest District

The counties assigned to this District are as follows: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota.

This page is dedicated to the Southwest District of the Florida Regional Group.  Information specific to this district is contained on this page.

Southwest District Director:

​James Duda
Phone: (239) 450-6007
E-mail Address:

Assistant District Directors 8

John Thomas 239 283 1708 Saint James City ALM

Bill Stockslager 941 276 1561 Punta Gorda LM

Joseph Taylor 239 823 0744 Cape Coral LM                      

Robert Waterson 239 540 2759 Cape Coral ALM no email

Bob Walczak 941 875 9876 Port Charlotte ALM

George, Schudel 239 799 2270 North Fort Myers ALM

John Mackey 941 351 6755 Sarasota ALM

Southwest District VIST Coordinator:

Laurie Charles

Phone: 239-652-1800 ext. 20828


Department of Veterans Affairs

Lee County Healthcare Center

2489 Diplomat Parkway East

Cape Coral, FL. 33909

Port Charlotte CBOC Audiology

Established Patients Only

Hearing Aid Repair Schedule:

First come first served hearing aid troubleshooting and repair for established VA patients with VA issued hearing aids everyTuesday and Friday only from 7:30 AM to 11:00 Am  and 1:00 PM to r:00 Pm


  • Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Post Office Box 5005
  • Bay Pines, Florida 33744
  • July 2018 VIST (Visual Impairment Services Team)

Hello Veterans

Just a note to say hello and advise of upcoming support groups. Please note group times, as some have changed.

Lee County Healthcare Center 1st floor room 211
2489 Diplomat Pkwy East, Cape Coral, Fl. 33909
9/24/18 1/28/19
10/22/18 2/25/19
11/26/18 4/22/19

Pt. Charlotte American Legion Post 110
3152 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, Fl 33952 Il-noon
9/27/18 1/24/19
10/18/18 2/28/19

Sebring support group will now be run by phone at 1:00pm
Sebring Vets call 1-800-767-1750 , a code will be asked for. The code for Sebring VIST support group is: 25816#
9/28/18 2/22/19
10/26/18 3/22/19

Call me at 239-652-1800 ext. 20828 with any questions. Please keep this notification to refer to in future. Sincerely,

Laurie A. Charles, VIST Coordinator