Hampton VA Medical Center
Veterans Greeted with Cheers of Encouragement
Preparing for the National Veteran Wheelchair Games throughout the year is integral to winning. Veteran athletes embrace their training and, each year, they look forward to showing how all that hard work can pay off.
Just as important are the staff, family members and volunteers that cheer the Veterans on and greet them as they pass over the finish line. The shouts and applause of encouragement keep the participants going when the going gets tough and the exhaustion hits at the end of the game or run.
Veterans say that camaraderie is the name of the game ~ and for the hundreds of those who attend the games ~ results in incredible experiences they will carry with them for the rest of their life. This annual event is a venue of being together to share the glorious successes and the agonies of defeat.
Presented by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the games offer athletic competition in 17 sports for more than 600 athletes. Veterans travel from all fifty states, Puerto Rico, Great Britain and Guam to attend the event be part of the esprit d' corps that the week-long event fosters.
Any honorably discharged Veterans who use a wheelchair to compete in sports and are eligible for healthcare in the VA system can compete in the Games.
For more information check the National Veterans Wheelchair Games website at http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/index.asp