Army veteran and Baltimorean James Jones was the only athlete representing Maryland at the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Des Moines, Iowa May 26-31. He joined more than 600 veterans from across the nation competing in this national event, the premiere of the senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States.

Jones volunteers as a patient escort at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on Greene Street. He trained for several months to compete in three of the sports and recreational activities at the competitive program, which was created to improve the quality of life of all older veterans. The oldest competitors were in their late 90s.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Jones, 66, of his experience at the games in a statement.

Jones participated in the bicycling, discus and horseshoes, winning a bronze medal in the discus competition.  As the sole Marylander at the games, he also participated in all the game ceremonies, waving Maryland’s state flag.