BUFFALO, N.Y. - Congressman Brian Higgins announced Wednesday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has postponed a sporting and recreation competition that was supposed to be held at the end of May.
Local organizers have been planning for the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games since 2007. The Queen City was awarded the games in 2011.
The event, Warriors on the Waterfront, was scheduled for May 30 - June 4.
More than 1,000 veterans registered for the event, which features competitions for those 55 and older and with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
According to Congressman Brian Higgins, there are no plans to cancel similar events in Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina.
Higgins office confirmed with the VA that the postponement is not due to sequestration because the VA is exempt.
The Department of Veterans Affairs released this statement:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is dedicated to ensuring our Nation's Veterans receive the excellent and effective care they have earned.
VA has increased its focus on conference, training and related event spending, to include the National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), because we are committed to serving as good stewards of taxpayer dollars. To that end, in an effort to ensure we meet the high standards of excellence, good governance and efficiency, we evaluate each event, program and initiative for alignment with the Department's core mission and priorities.
After going through a comprehensive assessment, VA has decided to postpone the 2013 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Buffalo, New York.
The decision to postpone the 2013 NVGAG will have no effect on the health care services or programs offered to Veterans at their local VA Medical Centers, Community Living Centers or Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.
The department recognizes the significant value of rehabilitation through sports. We encourage all Veterans to participate in sports, health and wellness programs provided by VA in both local their community and on the national level.