VA sends local Veterans to the 36th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games

The Aleda E. Lutz VAMC’s Blind Rehabilitation Team accompanied Veterans, who are active in our Blind Rehab Program, to the 36th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) in Sioux Falls, SD, last month. They completed in medal events in both the Ambulatory and Visual Impairment divisions. The Ambulatory Veterans participated in cornhole, Nine-ball, boccia, and shuffleboard. The Veterans in the Visual Impairment division participated in disc golf, boccia, shuffleboard, cornhole, horseshoes and two Veterans participated in a new exhibition game (non-medal event) air rifle.

“We were so excited to have our Veterans compete in person at the games this year, since the last two have been virtual. They performed really well with compensatory strategies learned in Blind Rehab and brought back with them several medals,” stated Dr. Kathy Lewis, Chief of Sensory and Rehabilitation Services.

The NVGAG Mission is “Fitness for Life”; The program offers Veterans ages 55 years and older sports competitions and health education sessions to demonstrate the value that sports, wellness, and fitness provide to assist senior Veterans live an active and healthy lifestyle. This event is a qualifying event for the National Senior Games.

Results for the 2022 NVGAG for the Saginaw VAMC are below:

Blind Disc Golf
Men’s Singles VI (visual impairment) - Thomas Lewandowski 2nd place
Men’s Singles VI - Loyd Kilbourne 2nd place
Men’s Singles VI - Donald Taube 1st place

Boccia
Men’s Singles VI -Thomas Lewandowski 3rd place
Men’s Singles VI - Loyd Kilbourne 2nd place
Men’s Singles VI - Donald Taube 1st place

Horseshoes
Men’s Singles VI - Thomas Lewandowski 3rd place
Men’s Singles VI - Loyd Kilbourne 4th place
Men’s Singles VI - Donald Taube 2nd place

Shuffleboard
Men’s Singles VI - Thomas Lewandowski 1st place
Men’s Singles VI - Loyd Kilbourne 3rd place
Men’s Singles VI - Donald Taube 1st place

Cornhole
Men’s Singles VI - Thomas Lewandowski 1st place
Men’s Singles VI - Loyd Kilbourne 2nd place
Men’s Singles VI - Donald Taube 2nd place