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Volunteers Needed to Support Nation's Veterans

July 13, 2007

HOUSTON – More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to support the 21st National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) being held in Houston this August 27-31, 2007.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games epitomize the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States. It is the only national multi-event sports and recreational senior’s competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.  The event, sponsored by Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Canteen Service, and Help Hospitalized Veterans, is one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world.

Competitive events include swimming, bicycling, golf, shot put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers, and croquet.  Each event has seven age categories for participation, 55-59, 60-64, 65-59, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 and up. Additionally, veterans with visual impairments and those who use wheelchairs may compete in the Visually Impaired or Wheelchair Divisions.

More than 650 veterans over the age of 55, from all over the country, are expected to participate in this year’s Games, making it the nation’s largest senior sporting event for veterans. The site for the majority of the sporting events, plus the opening and closing ceremonies, is the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Other venues include the Hyatt Regency Houston, the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Memorial Park Golf Course & Croquet Field, Reliant Park, and Emerald Bowl.

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist with such duties as hospitality, registration, event set-up and take-down, transportation, administrative duties, photography, and baggage during a full range of exciting activities taking place during the week. If you, your family, or your friends would like to volunteer, call MEDVAMC Voluntary Services at (713) 794-7135 or send an email to vhahouvolunteer@med.va.gov.

Visit the 2007 NVGAG Web site at www.veteransgoldenagegames.org for more information and the volunteer application.

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