Golden Age Games Brings Hundreds of Veterans to NWA

LOWELL, AR --The 2014 veteran's "Golden Age Games" are underway at the University of Arkansas.

Military veteran's 55 and older who receive health care at any VA medical facility are eligible to take part. The games are a chance to compete in things like bowling, table-tennis, swimming and more.

"It's really nice, I enjoy it every year," said veteran and bowler, William Trumbly.  "The first game was pretty good, I hit 145, then the second game wasn't too good, at 117 I think," Trumbly said.

Training for the "Golden Age Games" is also a way to stay physically fit. "It's good for my health. It keeps me active and doing things. I bowl every Thursday," Trumbly said.

Trumbly  was a 1st Lieutenant in World War II and has competed in these games for six years.
Hundreds of veterans from across the country are drawn to the games each year. It's a premiere rehabilitation program for former fighters.

"It's a wonderful thing I think the Department of Veteran Affairs does. It gets people out there moving and it gets them out there moving on to a better life," said Avon Haury, Veterans Healthcare Systems of the Ozarks representative.

"They come from all walks, you can see it. You see old people, young people. You see all different levels of mobility," said Haury.

To learn more or to volunteer for the games, click here.

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