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Philly: Where Heroes Make History in 2014

Philadelphia area Veteran athletes at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Fla.

Philadelphia staff and area Veteran athletes at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Fla. Pictured from left, back row: Julia Fries (Receation Therapist), Veterans Frank "Sean" Johnson and Eugene Tatom. Pictured from left front row: Veterans James Lewis, Doris Merrill, Mason Symons, Arthur (Sonny) Winberly, and Bruce Husted.

By Jennifer Askey, Public Affairs Officer
Monday, August 5, 2013

The 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in the heart of Philadelphia. A city culturally diverse and rich in history, Veterans will have an opportunity to make history of their own next year Aug. 12-17.

"The Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the city of Philadelphia are gearing up for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games," said Bethany Purdue, local organizing committee coordinator. "Our community will embrace these Veterans and their competitive spirit."

Veteran Athlete from Pennsylvania, Doris Merrill

Pennsylvania native and Veteran Athlete Doris Merrill at the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Fla.

With a reputation as a serious sports town, Purdue noted that athletes will feel right at home and that fans will be sure to cheer them onto victory as they go for the gold, silver and bronze.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is an annual event sponsored by Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. More than 600 Veterans compete in 17 sporting events to include basketball, hand cycling and rugby.


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