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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Bronze Medal winner attributes San Diego VAMC with saving his life

David Connelly

Air Force Veteran David Connery

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

With his recent Bronze Medal victory in horseshoes at the 2011 National Veterans Golden Age Games, David Connery knows about overcoming adversity.  The Air Force Veteran had all but lost hope after a dissolved marriage, troubled health issues, and displacement from his home left him homeless and sleeping from his car.

It was the San Diego VA Medical Center that stepped in to help. “I credit the VA and these games for redirecting my life,” said Connery.  “Lots of Vets still need healing, and I am one of them.”

Connery connected with various services, including Pool Therapy. Using the MOVE program, he’s trimmed 20 pounds and eight inches from his waistline.  He also has a new home with help from VA Supportive Housing.

Well beyond his strategy for winning, Connery’s outlook carries him to a bright future.  “It‘s not about competition,” he said.  “It’s about re-engaging in life and setting healthy goals.” 

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is held annually for Veterans over 55 years old.  The 2011 games featured 21 patients from San Diego, of which 13 were awarded medals for their performance in various events.  Click here for more photos

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