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Let the (Golden Age) Games Begin!

Elderly man in wheel chair throws a discus

Events include shot-put, swimming, cycling, bowling and air rifles.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Senior Veterans to Compete in 15 Events

They’re headed to Buffalo. More than 700 Veterans from across the country will participate in America’s largest sporting event for senior military Veterans.

The 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is set for Buffalo, NY, May 30 to June 4, 2013.

VA’s Golden Age Games continue to serve as a showcase for the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Americans.

Through this rehabilitative athletic event, VA strives to introduce older Veterans to the benefits of sports and recreation. These athletes will showcase their skills, mental toughness and physical fitness at the games.

 VA’s commitment to the preventive and therapeutic value of sports, fitness and recreation. 

Swimming, Cycling and More

Hosted by VA Western New York Healthcare System, Veterans will compete 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 age 55 and older.

The Games have grown from 115 participants its first year to more than 700 registered to take part in 2013.

It is 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.

Smiling elderly man playing checkers

Happy checkers champ from last year.

Open to Veterans Receiving VA Health Care

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.

The Games are open to all U.S. military Veterans age 55 or older who are currently receiving care at a VA medical facility. For more information about the National Veterans Golden Age Games and other VA national rehabilitation programs, visit