Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Honors National Veterans Wheelchair Games Gold Medalist
The Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System (LAJVAHS) honored Air Force Veteran Willie Mardos for winning four gold medals at the 2011 Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh, PA. Mardos, a Salem resident, was presented with a facility coin from Jeffrey Beiler, Associate Director, LAJVAHS. He won four gold medals for the air guns, field club, field discus and weightlifting events. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world with an average of 600 athletes participating each year. Mardos was the sole representative of the LAJVAHS, while other participants represented 46 states, Great Britain and Puerto Rico. The events are designed to showcase the athleticism of Veterans with disabilities and to show the benefits of sports rehabilitation programs. The Wheelchair Games are funded by corporate sponsors and presented by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. They were hosted by the Keystone Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. If you would like more information or would like to participate in next year’s Wheelchair Games, please contact LAJVAHS Recreation Therapy at 304-623-3461 ext. 3475.