Volunteers needed for Golden Age Games

Joan Foley

BSN, CHPN, Hospice and Palliative Care coordinator

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 25th annual Golden Age Games will be hosted (various locations) in Hawaii May 26 to June 1, including at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

We are very honored to be chosen as the site of the VA’s premier sports event for veterans 55 years of age and older. It is the largest sports and recreation competition for this age group of military veterans in the world.

The games serve as a showcase for the rehabilitation value that wellness and fitness provide in the lives of older Americans.

There are many ways to support veterans as they strive are needed to meet their goals. About 1,000 volunteers to make this year’s VA Golden Games flow smoothly. Volunteers can fill many roles and capacities.

The VA is seeking a minimum of four people with varied levels of medical expertise, including licensed and unlicensed personnel, at each event for a total of around 260 medical volunteers. The roles will be to provide “Red Cross” first aid or to stabilize and call for an ambulance.

All medical volunteers will need an active CPR card and will be expected to review a brief power-point presentation. All licensed medical personnel will also need an active license.

Events may not start without first having a medical team in place, and the medical team may not leave until the last veteran has left the event.

For more information on how to be a medical/healthcare team volunteer, contact Joan Foley, BSN, CHPN: joan.foley@va.gov or Linda Shivok: lindashivok@aol.com

Visit the website for event information at http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/gag/index.asp.

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