VA to host welcome home ceremony for Golden Age Games athletes

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Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) will host a welcome home ceremony for 13 Veterans who competed in the 2018 Golden Age Games at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 24. The ceremony will be held in the multipurpose room of the TVHS Nashville campus.

Nine of the 13 TVHS competitors placed in the competition, which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico August 3 - 8. The TVHS team represents the only Golden Age Games competitors in the state of Tennessee.

"This ceremony gives us a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of these Veterans," said TVHS Recreational Therapist Shannon O'Rawe. "They all worked hard to prepare for the competition and we want to show them a hero's welcome home."

O'Rawe said the ceremony will include the presentation of individual awards as well as team awards such as Most Valuable Player, Best Novice, and Most Improved.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors' competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The VA Challenges and encourages senior Veterans to be proactive in embracing a healthier lifestyle.

TVHS is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville Campus, as well as more than a dozen community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.

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