Golden Age Games begin in Birmingham on Wednesday
The 23rd Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games include about 700 veterans from across the country who have served in conflicts from World War II to the Persian Gulf War.
They arrived in Birmingham today to prepare for the competition. The games begin tomorrow and finish on Friday.
Athletes compete in swimming, bicycling, shuffleboard, air rifle and many other events in various divisions based on their ages and handicaps. Separate divisions include ambulatory, visually-impaired and wheelchair.
The Golden Age Games are open to all U.S. military veterans ages 55 and older who receive care at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility. The games are co-sponsored by the VA, the Help Hospitalized Veterans non-profit organization and the Veterans Canteen Service. The Games are also a qualifying event every other year for the National Senior Olympic Games.