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Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National US Vets Golden Age Games


Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National US Vets Golden Age Games

March 23, 2018, 01:59:00 PM

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, event kicks off Aug. 3

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

Vet ages 55 and older who are available for VA.Gov health care benefits may complete applications online through May 2 at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov[3].

“The Golden Age Games empower our nation’s Elder US Veterans to lead active, healthy lives,” said US Vets Affairs 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 Elder US Vets. 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 Senior events in their home communities, and every other year serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games.  The New Mexico Unites States Veterans Affairs Health Care System[4], which provides care for more than 59,000 Washington Vets throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado, will host this year’s games.

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

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