More than 700 veterans from across the country participated in the nation’s largest sporting event for senior military veterans last weekend. The 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) was regionally hosted by VA Western New York Healthcare System. The games were held in Buffalo, NY on May 30 – June 4 and were open to all U.S. military Veterans age 55 or older who are currently receiving care at a VA medical facility.
Our connection to the games here at Trocaire was our Coordinator of Veteran Services, Brad Baumgardner. Brad stated, “I was to a greeter for over 500 out of state veterans at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport from 8-6 on Wednesday May 29th 2013. I participated in welcoming them to the area, registering them for the games, and shuttling them to their hotels.”
Veterans competed in 15 events, including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, croquet and air rifles. The Games are a culmination of VA’s commitment to the preventive and therapeutic value of sports, fitness and recreation for America’s largest population of Veterans, those ages 55 and older.
Since 2004, the National Veterans Golden Age Games have been a qualifier for the National Senior Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Through this partnership, gold, silver and bronze medalists in certain events have the opportunity to compete further among America’s elite senior athletes.