Volunteer to Support the Largest National Veterans Sporting Event in the United States, Coming to the Midwest Aug. 8 - 12

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The National Veterans Golden Age Games needs to recruit 1,500 volunteers to support more than 900 Veterans by Aug. 1

Volunteers are critical to the success of the largest national Veterans sporting event in the United States.

Only 1/3 of our volunteer needs are met. VA needs an additional 1,500 volunteers to sign up by Aug. 1

Volunteers are critical to the success of the 29th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games, being held in Omaha, Neb., Aug. 8 – 12. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has only about a third of the more than 2,000 volunteers needed to support the largest national Veterans sporting event in the country.

Volunteers can assist for several hours on one day or multiple events and days during the competition. However, to successfully meet all of the needs for the various volunteer opportunities before and during the event, VA is asking people to consider signing up for a position or positions that best fit their talents.

Several thousand opportunities are available to help with everything from sporting events to meal service. Events take place at the CenturyLink Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Burke High School, Mockingbird Lanes and Dodge Riverside Park. Opportunities are also available to assist at the Eppley airport and downtown Omaha hotels.

Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the volunteer shift. VA encourages volunteers to sign up by Aug. 1 at http://www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov.

More than 800 athletes are enrolled to compete in the national multi-event sports and recreational competition for senior Veterans. The event encourages participants to make physical activity a central part of their lives, and supports VA’s comprehensive recreation and rehabilitation therapy programs. Competitive events include air rifle, badminton, bowling, cycling, dominoes, field, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track.

For more information visit http://www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vaadaptivesports.

For additional questions about participating, volunteering, or sponsorship, contact Anna Morelock, 2015 NVGAG Local Coordinator, at 402-995-5748 or email VHANWIGoldenAgeGames(at)va(dot)gov.

For media inquiries, contact Will Ackerman, VA NWIHCS Public Affairs Officer, at 402-995-4719, or email William(dot)ackerman(at)va(dot)gov. For inquires about VA’s National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events, contact Michael(dot)molina1(at)va(dot)gov or call 202-560-7305.

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For more information or media interviews, contact:

Office of Public Affairs    
Media Relations
4101 Woolworth Ave
Omaha, NE, 68105

Contact:            
Will Ackerman    
Public Affairs Director
Office: (402) 995-4719
Cell: (402) 332-6780    
Email: William.Ackerman(at)va(dot)gov
http://www.nebraska.va.gov

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