Navigation Links
WWII Veterans Compete in National Veterans Golden Age Games
Date:6/3/2009

Annual Games Mark 23 Years of Sports Competition

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Forty World War II Veterans are reuniting at the world's largest sports and recreational competition for senior Veterans June 1-5 in Birmingham, Alabama, at the 23rd National Veterans Golden Age Games. The Games are open to all U.S. military Veterans age 55 or older who receive care at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility. More that 700 Veterans have registered to compete.

"The Golden Age Games continue to grow every year, and the athletes who participate are testimony that the spirit of competition, camaraderie and commitment to an actively invigorating lifestyle," Marilyn Iverson, director of the Veterans Canteen Service, said. "This spirit not only helps to prevent illness, it strengthens the hearts and rejuvenates the soul."

The Games give participants the opportunity to compete in ambulatory, visually-impaired and wheelchair divisions, according to their ages. Events include swimming, bicycling, bowling, croquet, air rifle, golf, shuffleboard, horseshoes, discus and shot-put.

The Golden Age Games are co-sponsored by VA, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS). This year's event is hosted by the VA medical center in Birmingham.

The Games are designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Through a partnership with the National Senior Games Association, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Games serve as a qualifier for the National Senior Games, held every other year.

"HHV is extremely pleased to continue its support of this wonderful therapeutic program," Mike Lynch, executive director of HHV, said. "The Games continue to demonstrate VA's commitment to offer programs that help Veteran patients in their health recovery and to send the message that Americans support their service to our country."

The majority of the competitive events for the Golden Age Games, including opening and closing ceremonies, will be held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center. The opening ceremony took place at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1. The competition began with golf on Tuesday, June 2, at 8 a.m., at Highland Golf Course. Closing ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at the convention center.

For more information about the Golden Age Games, log onto the Games Web site at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, or call Jose Llamas, VA public affairs, at (703) 969-9238.

For the latest news releases and other information, visit VA on the Internet at http://www.va.gov/opa.

To receive e-mail copies of news releases, subscribe to VA's list server at: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/opalist_listserv.cfm.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Versus Technology, Inc. Announces Sale of Real-Time Location Information System to the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Clinic
2. HDNet World Report Investigates an Alarming String of Murders Committed by Iraq War Veterans
3. VA Web Site Helps College Counselors Aid Veterans
4. Returning War Veterans: Challenges in Continuing Mental Health Care After Military and Civilian Trauma
5. Veterans Recognize Hero in our Midst
6. Secretary Shinseki Announces $215 Million in Projects for Rural Veterans
7. Veterans Health Administration Selects Essi Systems as Sole Source Provider to Reduce Workplace Stress
8. VA Needs Legislative Push to Inform Veterans of Health Issues Connected to Military Service
9. Becoming Aware of Veterans Vision Needs
10. VA Honors Top Nurses Delivering Veterans Care
11. Jericho Project Creates Veterans Advisory Council
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... , ... “Vintage and Harvest A Cultivation of Christian Love” is the creation ... North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. He and his wife are the proud ... also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” , “Love, the agape kind, is seen ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... In 2016 the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus ... Zika-related cases in the Americas within the next year. Lyme disease is one of ... skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Yet, Zika, Lyme and other insect borne illnesses are ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Demonstrating ... communities, 16 more public health departments have been awarded national accreditation through the ... million people into the expanding network of communities across the nation whose health ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The IoT (Internet of Things) is ... making a huge impact on businesses and individual consumers alike. Laboratories can maximize ... have a value anywhere from $4 trillion to $11 trillion dollars by the year ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 ... ... financial services firm serving the families and businesses of the Norwalk and ... program. Northern Ohio Recovery Center (N.O.R.A.) is a nonprofit, community-based substance abuse ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... March 24, 2017 ShangPharma, a ... and cost-effective drug development and discovery services, ... biotechnology industry, announced today the intent for ... will be consolidating the Contract Research Organizations ... Shanghai ChemPartner. These entities include ChemPartner Shanghai, ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... India , March 24, 2017 A ... market has been growing rapidly as the global sales of Adcetris ... the growth in the antibody drug conjugates market is driven by ... of cancer and wider therapeutic window offered by ADCs. ... Browse 3 Tables and 94 ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017  Eli Lilly and ... plans to invest $850 million in its U.S. ... across its U.S. enterprise, including research laboratories, manufacturing ... are being driven by demand for Lilly products, ... medicines in development targeting cancer, pain, diabetes and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: