July 6, 2012
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
4101 Woolworth Avenue (00P)
Omaha, NE 68105
Office: (402) 995-4719
Cell: (402) 332-6780
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 6, 2012
Veterans Competed in National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Randy Squier from Glenwood, Iowa, won three gold and one silver medal.
Roy Gray from Lexington, Neb., won one silver medal.
Craig Enenbach from Omaha competed in one event.
More than 600 Veteran Athletes who receive their health care at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country competed at the event, sponsored annually by VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America. These Veterans receive care at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. They are Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America members.
Wheelchair athletes from across the nation, Puerto Rico and Great Britain competed in the weeklong event. The games showcased athletic events including air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, track & field, hand cycling, motorized rally, nine-ball, quad rugby, power soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, trapshooting, weightlifting and slalom.
In addition, the athletes had a chance to share their stories during several activities throughout the games They took the opportunity to share information about the wide array of sporting opportunities available to disabled Veterans and the need for them to stay active.
The games were co-hosted by McGuire VA Medical Center and the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America.For more information about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, go to http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg.
The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb. Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit www.nebraska.va.gov.