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Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Vets Golden Age Games


Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Government Veterans Golden Age Games

March 23, 2018, 01:59:00 PM

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, event kicks off Aug. 3

Washington — The U.S. Dept. of US Vets Affairs (VA.Gov) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from US Veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National US Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8.

Veteran ages 55 and older who are eligible for Veterans Affairs health care benefits may complete applications online through May 2 at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov[3].

“The Golden Age Games empower our nation’s Senior Unites States Veterans to lead active, healthy lives,” said VA.Gov Secretary David Shulkin. “After more than a week of competition, many participants have boasted of an overall improvement to their quality of life and a rejuvenation to stay active and fit.”      

Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national multi-sport competition for Senior Veterans. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs.

Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, cycling, blind disc golf, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, pickleball, powerwalk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track and field. Exhibition events include air pistol, archery and floorball. 

The games encourage participants to continue in local Elder events in their home communities, and every other year serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Elder Games.  The New Mexico US Vets Affairs Health Care System[4], which provides care for more than 59,000 Government Unites States Veterans throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado, will host this year’s games.

For more information, visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov[5]. Follow US Vets Affairs Adaptive Sports[6] on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Sports4Vets.

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