Veterans compete in Golden Age Games

Posted at 7:41 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 19:41:58-04

They all fought for our country. Now, at a 'golden age,' they're hitting the weight room again, fighting for a medal that's earned under quite different circumstances. 

Similar to their service in earlier years, one group continues the fight alongside others who wore the uniform.

"I'm going to deal with it real good!" One of the veterans laughed as he played a game of shuffleboard. 

Now retired from the military, these veterans jumped in on the National Golden Age Games, an effort to build up strength training, endurance, and comradory.

"You do with less medicine. This is your medicine," said Army veteran, Ralph Cummings, Sr. 

Cummings calls the program nothing short of a miracle. 

"You lay there in the bed and you see other veterans walking down the hall and just to be able to ride in the chair... I couldn't even operate the chair, my hands wouldn't function," he said. 

The Army veteran says in 2007, he became paralyzed from the shoulders down. 

"I was told by some, 'You will never recover.' But then I had the majority, 'Don't listen to any of them. You will make it,'" he recalled. 
It's the weekly training with his team that he says got him well on the road to recovery. 
"Today, I couldn't ask for nothing else. I am a new man. I am 66, I feel like a lot of times that I'm 26," he said. 
The group trains all year for the main event, which, this year, was held in August in Nebraska. Next year's games will be in July.