Veterans Crisis Line Badge
Mission Redefined VA ADAPTIVE SPORTS

Photo of a Veteran throwing a discus

Athletes in the Ozarks

The 2014 National Veterans Golden Age Games will take place in Fayetteville Arkansas located at the foothills of the Ozark mountains  on the campus of the University of Arkansas - "Home of the Razorbacks"

June 28 - July 2, 2014

Community Information

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce website

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau

About The National Veterans Golden Age Games

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world. The Games serve as a qualifying event for competition in the National Senior Games in a number of competitive events.

Sports and fitness are vital ingredients of VA’s National Rehabilitation Special Events. Physical activity and friendly competition engage the mind as well as the body, and recreation therapy fills a special need in the lives of older patients at VA health centers across the country. VA research and clinical experience verify that physical activity is particularly important to the health, recovery and overall quality of life for older people. The National Veterans Golden Age Games encourage VA patients over the age of 55 to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and support VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs. It is a national showcase for the preventive and therapeutic value of sports, fitness and recreation for all older Americans.


The competitive events include air rifle, bowling, cycling, field (discus, shot, javelin), golf, horseshoes, mind sports (checkers, dominoes), nine-ball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track. Demonstration sport badminton.

Important NVGAG Info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

Event Director:
Carla J Carmichael,
(202) 461-0429

Communications Director:
Michael Molina
(202) 560-7305

Local Host Site Coordinator
Carol E. Kick (479) 444-5060

Media Releases

Photo of the War Eagle Mill

Athletes in the Ozarks

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) is excited to invite our Nation’s Senior Veterans to the 2014 National Veterans Golden Age Games.  Located in the beautiful foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the University of Arkansas – “Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks” – will be the site of the 2014 Games.  

Community Information

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce website

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau

2013 Media Releases

The 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS), were held last year in Buffalo, NY, from May 30 – June 4 2013. You can view photos of the event on the VA Flickr page.

2013 Medal Results

Four Veterans Flexing

2013 Scores for the NVGAG Athletes

Inspiring Stories

VISN 5 regional Mini-Games
Spirits were high at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Mini-Games.

The George Gangi Inspiration Award
Sparky personifies what the games represent…

The Veterans Canteen Service Challenge Award
First-time Competitor Exemplifies the National Veterans Golden Age Games

Korean War Veteran Stays Active
Dale Holser prepares year-round for the NVGAG

Living History
Buford Johnson is a living archive of military service.

Star from the Lone Star State
Veteran from Texas is anything but common

Semper Fi
Marine Corps Veteran, Judy Ruiz, keeps positive through sports

View more articles from the NVGAG Daily Newsletter


Registration packets for the 2014 NVGAG are now available. Click on the link below to download the registration package for Athletes and Coaches/Support Staff.
(These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Forms must be dowloaded and saved to your computer before they can be filled out electronically)

NVGAG2014 Athlete Registration Packet
NVGAG2014 Coach Support Staff Registration Packet

Registration Deadline:

Completed registration packets must be postmarked on or before:
March 28, 2014
Carol E. Kick, Chair, 2014 NVGAG (135)
Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks
1100 N College Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72703

All participants must be seen by their VA Primary Care provider to be medically cleared for the Games.

Who Must Register

All athletes, coaches, and support staff must register. Each individual registering must complete a separate registration form.


All Veterans, ages 55 or older, who currently receive inpatient or outpatient, care from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


All athletes must enter at least two but no more than four events, excluding exhibition events.


All age classifications will be determined by the athlete's age as of January 1, 2014. There are seven age classifications: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85+. Athletes will compete by gender in the following events: cycling, field (discus, shot put, javelin), bowling, horseshoes, swimming and track. Visually impaired athletes will have a separate division in the following events: bowling, horseshoes, shuffleboard. Wheelchair Athletes will have a separate division in the following events: bowling, horseshoes, nine ball shuffleboard, and table tennis.

Wheelchair Travel

It is often helpful when traveling with a wheelchair or scooter to call the airline in advance and inform them of your needs. Let them know if you will need an aisle chair, arm rest removed or require harness belt or chest strap. Provide written, equipment handling instructions.


Lodging reservations and payment are the responsibility of the traveler. Specific information will be forwarded to athletes after acceptance of registration.


Medical assistance will be provided 24 hours a day as part of the 2014 National Veterans Golden Age Games. First aid and patient stabilization will be provided at the events and activities. Ambulances will be called if emergency care is needed. Medical assistance is not intended for pre-existing conditions. Athletes must bring with them enough medication and medical supplies to last throughout the games. There are no provisions for providing replacement medications and medical supplies.


When traveling it is recommended all health and insurance information is included with personal travel documents. Important documents should be carried with veteran or escort on the plane and not placed in luggage.


Contact the Veterans Affairs medical facility from which you receive care or a local Veterans Service Organization (VSO) for additional information.

What do I need to bring with me to the event?

Athletes should bring clothes for layers, tennis shoes, hat, sunscreen, umbrella, sunglasses, medication, personal identification and personal equipment (i.e. golf clubs, bowling ball)

2014 NVGAG Rule Book

If you are interested in learning more about the events that make up the National Veterans Golden Games, these are the organizations that guide the competition and will provide you the information to help prepare for the NVGAG  

Air rifle - USA Shooting
Bowling -  United States Bowling Congress
Bowling  -Wheelchair -American Wheelchair Bowling Association
Bowling -Visually Impaired American Blind Bowling Association
Checkers - American Checker Federation
Cycling - USA Cycling
Field  (Discus, Javelin, Shot Put) - USA Track & Field
Golf - United States Golf Association
Horseshoes - National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association
Horseshoes Visually impaired - United States Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association
Nine Ball - Billiard Congress of America  
Shuffleboard- National Shuffleboard Association
Swimming - United States Masters Swimming, Inc.  
Table Tennis -  USA Table Tennis  
Track- USA Track & Field

For information or to request an application, please contact

Event Director:
Carla J Carmichael,
(202) 461-0429

Communications Director:
Michael Molina
(202) 560-7305


Inspiring Stories

Find a Sports Club

National Veterans
Golden Age Games


Subscribe to Receive
Email Updates


  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr