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With a common name like John Smith, this Veteran from Texas is everything but common. An Army Veteran, Smith was drafted to serve in Vietnam and then re-enlisted to serve in Germany for four years. Smith is one of 30 athletes at this year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games who are representing the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
He’s having the time of his life at the Games, first competing five years ago in Birmingham, Ala. In previous years, he’s medaled in bowling and swimming and thrives on competing and besting a fellow talented Veteran.
“You’ve got to have a goal in life,” Smith said
Part of his workout regimen includes walking nine holes on the golf course two times per week. He’s noticed that the activity has improved his endurance and when cycling can hold a more competitive position for speed.
He said the healthier lifestyle has also improved his bad knees. The competition and training has been great therapy and he’s dropped 25 pounds.
“A healthy mind and a healthy body give me something to shoot for,” he said.
He enjoys challenging himself and said participating in the Games has been the best thing in the world.
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