VA Will Soon Accept Applications for 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Disability Help Group

For many veterans, sports and recreation have become a way of coping with life and occupying their time after discharge from service. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosts several competitions to highlight veterans, especially veterans with disabilities, who perform extraordinary feats of sport or fitness. One such competition is the 2017 National Veterans Golden Age Games.

This event is a showcase of exemplary veterans aged 55 and older. Only veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care system are eligible to compete; all hopefuls must apply online through March 1 (applications open February 1) for a chance at competing in the games May 7-11.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games will take place in Biloxi, Mississippi, bringing together nearly 800 veteran athletes who will compete in the following events:

  • Air rifle
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Nine ball billiards
  • Power walking
  • Shuffleboard
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Track and field

These events and the games overall are designed to encourage older veterans to maintain an active lifestyle to improve their overall health. Sports and recreation are becoming an integral part of the VA’s approach to veteran health care and wellness. Many rehabilitation programs now include recreational activities as part of the therapy.

It Is Never Too Late to Get VA Benefits

Even if you do everything you can to stay healthy, serving your country comes with health risks many others do not face.

Many older veterans might not be aware of the benefits they can receive through the VA — including disability benefits. As the VA learns more about service-connected disabilities, especially environmental exposures from the Vietnam and Korean War eras, any veteran with unexplained health conditions should consider if they relate to their military service.

The Disability Help Group can help review your service and medical history and identify any applicable disability claims. Call 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates.