Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My HealtheVet badge
EBenefits Badge

Local Competitors Start Training for 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games in Houston

May 22, 2007

read description below

With flags waving, cheerleaders shaking pompoms, and victory music blasting, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) welcomed members of the “Silver Eagles” to the official 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games Kick-Off Event. The Silver Eagles, 35 members strong, is made up of U.S. military veterans from across the Houston area who will compete in a variety of sporting events at this year’s Games. William Hill, (left) who served in the U.S. Marines, and August Gonsoulin, who served in the U.S. Air Force, run through the crowd as their names were announced.

 

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Celebrates With Kick-Off Event

WHAT: With flags waving, cheerleaders shaking pompoms, and victory music blasting, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) will welcome members of the “Silver Eagles” to the official 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games Kick-Off Event. The Silver Eagles, 35 members strong, is made up of U.S. military veterans from across the Houston area who will compete in a variety of sporting events at this year’s Games.
WHEN: Friday, May 25, 2007, noon
WHERE: 4th Floor Auditorium,
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center,
2002 Holcombe Blvd.,
Houston, Texas 77030
COMPETITORS: 
Competitor Branch of Service Hometown
Armstrong, Jewel (F) Navy Pearland
Bartholow, Joseph Navy Houston
Bosworth, Don Navy Houston
Burks, Andrew Air Force Houston
Dacus, Alton Air Force Houston
Davis, James Marines Houston
Dyess, James Marines Dickinson
El Amin, Bilal Air Force Livingston
Fagans, Henry Army Houston
Gonsoulin, August Air Force Beaumont
Harris, Alvin Air Force Missouri City
Henry, George Navy & Army Houston
Hill, William Marines Richmond
Holt, John Army Houston
Howard, David Army Houston
Jarmon, Raymond Marines Sugarland
Lacy, Billy Army Houston
Lambus, Robert Army Houston
Lance, Joan (F) Army Chireno 
Lewis, John Army Houston
Lynch, Pat Navy Willis
Lyons, Harry Army Houston
Morehead, Basil Army Houston
Morris, Gloria (F) Army Houston
Robert, Joseph Army Pearland
Robles, Leon Navy Beaumont
Sedillo, John Army Boling
Sims, Marvin Army Houston
Smith, William Army Dayton
Thrash, Mack Army Pearland
Van Houten, William Army Houston
Williams, Hillery Army & Air Force Houston
Williams, James Air Force Houston
Woodard, Jack Marines Houston
Zalesky, Marvin Army Houston
BACKGROUND:

The Games are the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans, including those with a wide range of disabilities.  Activities include swimming, bicycling, golf, shot put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers and croquet. Veterans compete in seven categories based on age.  Veterans who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired are also eligible to compete in separate divisions.

This year’s site for the majority of the sporting events, plus the opening and closing ceremonies, is the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

Since 2004, the National Veterans Golden Age Games have served as a qualifier for the National Senior Olympics in a number of competitive events.  The National Senior Olympics is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. 

Volunteers:  More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist with a full range of exciting activities taking place during the Games. If you, your family, or your friends would like to volunteer, call MEDVAMC Voluntary Services at (713) 794-7135.

Community Support:  The National Veterans Golden Age Games are co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Canteen Service, and Help Hospitalized Veterans. If your business or professional group is interested in commercial sponsorship or advertising, please contact Mike Mitchell at (713) 794-8779 or Darcie Asakura at (713) 791-1414, ext. 3064.

 

Visit the 2007 National Veterans Golden Age Games Web site at www.veteransgoldenagegames.org * for more information.

# # #

* This link will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site and will open in a new window. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of linked Web sites.