VA's 'Golden Age Games' gives senior vets chance to compete

Matt Saintsing
April 02, 2018 - 3:03 pm

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is calling on veterans aged 55 and older to participate in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games, a 21-event competition that encourages physical fitness among older vets.

Taking place Aug. 3-8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, veterans 55+, who are eligible for VA health care benefits, may complete applications to compete by May 2.

More than 800 athletes are expected to compete in the multi-event sports competition aimed at giving senior vets a venue to stay active and fit.

To qualify, you must be 55 or older by December 31, 2018 and currently receive either inpatient or outpatient care from the VA.

The event also encourages participants to stay active and make physical fitness a central part of their lives. Some of the events include air rifle marksmanship, basketball, cycling, golf, swimming, table tennis, and archery.

And, there’ll even be a bowling event.

In a wheel chair? No worries as there will be separate events for the boccia, bowling, horseshoes, nine ball, shuffleboard, and table tennis events.

The event is part of VA’s adaptive sports and therapeutic arts program

The New Mexico VA Health Care System, which provides care for nearly 60,000 veterans throughout New Mexico and Southern Colorado, will host the games this year.

Click here for more information, and to register my midnight EST May 2, 2018. If you still have questions, you can always email [email protected].