Accolades keep coming for ArkLaTex Golden Age Games athletes

Accolades keep coming for ArkLaTex Golden Age Games athletes
Athletes receive recognition at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. The group represented the ArkLaTex at the National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) in New Mexico in August.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -The accolades keep coming for the ArkLaTex veterans who took part in this years National Golden Age Games (NVGAG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with them, being a veteran myself, and it’s nice to see what they strive to do, and most importantly we try to push them and do as best as we can and just get them up and moving. That’s the most important thing for us,” said Coach Charles Cao, OBVAMC Kinesiotherapist.

On Monday, a special ceremony took place at Overton Brooks VA medical center to honor all of the participants.

Not only were they recognized by hospital leadership, they were each given congressional recognition from Representative Mike Johnson's office.

"This event here is something to give the old veterans a chance for longevity of life, and I think that's commendable and not only for the staff here, but for the people who come and give them recognition to give them stability to say you know you can continue and you can live on and you can be competitive and you can still do good things even in you're golden olden age," expressed NVGAG athlete, Lester Wyatt, "If the good Lord is willing we will be back next year to try and bring home some gold, some bronze and some silver from Anchorage, Alaska."

All eyes are on the 2019 games which yes, are set to take place next June in Alaska.

KSLA’s Marie Waxel was there last month as the athletes headed out to competition, and she also caught up with them just a few weeks after their return as they showed off their hardware.

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