The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games. Veterans ages 55 and older can complete applications online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Applications will be accepted through March 4.
The 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games take place in Detroit, Michigan, July 10-14. Nearly 800 athletes are expected to compete in the national rehabilitative multi-sport and recreation 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, boccia, bowling, cycling, field, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, power walk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track.
VA research and clinical experience verify that movement and exercise are important to maintaining good health, speeding recovery and improving overall quality of life. The games encourage participants to continue in local senior events in their home communities and also serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games. The Detroit VA Healthcare System will host this year’s games. The Detroit VA provides care for more than 50,000 Veterans throughout Michigan.