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In mid-May, VVA National President John Rowan attended the annual Indiana State Council Convention, where, among other things, he visited the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. While there, Rowan took part in a ceremony during which Indianapolis Chapter 295 presented a huge check, in the amount of $22,500, to help underwrite the 2008 National Veterans Golden Age Games, which will be held in Indianapolis from August 20-24.

Every year, the Chapter picks one worthy project to support through a series of raffles of big-ticket items such as a Harley-Davison motorcycle, as well as donations from the community. “We knew that the VA needed help with the Games,” said Chapter board member Bob Parsons, “and we decided that this would be our 2008 big project.” The Chapter has a good track record in raising funds. “What helps a good deal is that we’re very active and visible in the community,” Parsons said. “Among other things, we do many high school programs and we help local families whose loved ones are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The people of Indianapolis responded to the Chapter’s community service efforts, and the Chapter raised the funds in less than a year.

The Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the nation. This multi-event sports and recreational program is designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans, including those with disabilities. Military veterans age 55 or older who receive health care at any VA medical facility are eligible to compete.



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