Veterans Compete in the 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games

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Veterans Showcase Benefits of Physical Activity, Healthy Living at 27th Golden Age Games

Vietnam era Army and Navy Veteran Betty St. John participates in the National Veterans Golden Age Games hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Dan Cappellazzo/AP Images)

It gives a healthier mind and healthier attitude. For a lot of these guys it's really makes a difference.

Veterans from across the country are in Buffalo, N.Y. this week, competing in the world's largest sports and recreational event for senior military Veterans.

Over 700 Veterans ages 55 and older are competing in the 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS). Competitive events run through June 4 (see photos and video from the event).

This year’s Games are hosted by VA Western New York Healthcare System, with competitions in 15 events, including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, croquet and air rifles.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games are 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 event is open to all U.S. military Veterans ages 55 or older who are currently receiving care at a VA medical facility.

VA's Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events is the recognized world leader in rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's adaptive sports programs at http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports.

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