Each year the National Veterans Golden Age Games is held in a different city, and St. Louis hosted the games for the first time this year.
Arsenal Credit Union (Arnold) was recognized on May 30 for its financial support of this multi-event sports & therapeutic recreation program. The credit union was one of 27 corporate sponsors at the bronze medal level and 50 overall.
“We value our veterans and appreciate the sacrifices they’ve made for our country and our freedom at home,” said Arsenal President/CEO Linda Allen. “We are very committed to giving back to veterans and are happy to be associated with this program.”
The games are designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Military veterans age 55 and older who receive health care at any VA medical center are eligible to compete. The May 31-June 5 Games included swimming, cycling, golf, shot-put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers and croquet. Each event had seven age categories; there were separate divisions for those who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired.
Nine-hundred veterans from throughout the country competed, with every state and Puerto Rico represented. The games were held at various venues in St. Louis, including America’s Center in downtown St. Louis.
Several years ago (2004), St. Louis hosted a different sporting event – the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Arsenal also financially supported this program.
Since 2009, the credit union has annually supported the local Freedom River Walk at Jefferson Barracks Park, which pays tribute to those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and also supports the men and women who serve in our military. Two years ago, Arsenal held a fund-raiser to collect items for the newly built St. Louis VA Fisher House and has made several monetary contributions since then. The Fisher House is a special home that was built on the Jefferson Barracks campus of the St. Louis VA Medical Center to provide free lodging for family members of hospitalized veterans so they can be near loved ones and help in the healing process.