Captain, US Army, Retired
Co-Founder of Blind Vet Tech and Founder of Blind Not Alone
Mr. Timothy Hornik is a medically retired Army officer and holds a License Masters of Social Work in the state of Kansas. As the founder of Blind Not Alone and co-founder of Blind Vet Tech, he pursues his primary professional goals related to disability advocacy and assistive technology instruction for consumers with visual impairments. His advocacy outreach occurs through public speaking engagements, guest lecturer with undergraduate and graduate courses, and presentations at professional and membership based organizations throughout the country. At the University of Kansas Occupational Therapy Education department, he pursues a PhD in Therapeutic Sciences, investigating the impact disabilities have on ones identities with mid to late life onset. He is the Vice President for the Heartland Regional group of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), and collaborates on multiple BVA national committees. Finally, he served on multiple Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program panels as the consumer reviewer. Through these roles Timothy advocates, educates and assists fellow Veterans and their families to cope with and overcome the barriers created by disabilities.
Mr. Hornik commissioned into the Army in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division in September 2004, where injuries caused his blindness. He successfully remained on Active Duty from 2004 until electing to medically retire in December of 2011. During this timeframe, he served at Fort Bliss for ADA Officer Basic Course, Fort Benning for Mechanized Leader Training, Camp Casey with 2nd Infantry Division, Baghdad with 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood with Operational Test Command, University of Kansas for a Masters in Social Work, and Fort Leavenworth with Army Wounded Warrior program.
Mr. Hornik attended Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, on a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship. He graduated in August 2002 with a Bachelor in Liberal Studies, while pursuing Army ROTC requirements from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. After graduation, he attended the Aird Defense officer training course at Fort Bliss, learning the fundamentals of leadership and the military division making process. In 2010 he returned to academia through the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Kansas, focusing on disability advocacy and medical social work. The MSW education played a signifiant role in his recovery through the integration of his military identity with his blindness identity. This theme serves as his underlying professional and research endeavors.
Awards and Distinctions
Mr. Hornik received both military and civilian recognition for service. During his military experience, he received the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart for injuries sustained, Army Accommodation Medal with Valor for actions in combat, campaign ribbons for service in Iraq and Korea, Combat Action Badge, and many other awards. During his civilian life, he received the KU MSW Margo Award for clinical practice, the KU Wounded Warrior Scholarship for his PhD pursuits, inducted into the inaugural UW La Crosse ROTC Hall of Fame, and nominated by UW La Crosse for the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
- Military Officers Association of America
- Disabled American Veterans
- Blinded Veterans Association
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Honorary member of the Blinded Veterans UK
Other Articles and Links
- Induction into the inaugural University of Wisconsin La Crosse Eagle Battalion’s ROTC Hall of Fame
- Gateway Radio interview while being trained at Guide Dog Foundation
- Speaking at the Independence Inc Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and follow-up interview
- University of Kansas depicting stories of resilience
- Interview for the Pittsburgh Post Article on the Potential Impact of the Eye Transplant Research
- Photos Leading the Pledge of Allegiance During President Obama’s Visit to the University of Kansas
- Interview and Blog Post by AFB’s Vision Aware
- University of Kansas Medical Center’s article on overcoming disabilities
- University of Kansas Wounded Warrior Scholarship Awardee