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Help veteran go for the gold

David Griner

The medals around Gary Quile’s neck tinkle together softly, shining in the afternoon light, signifying some of his proudest accomplishments.

There’s the day he came in second out of 73 scratch golfers in 2001. And there’s the gold, of course, marking the day last year he was invincible at croquet.

This year will be the fifth that Quile has taken part in the National Veterans Golden Age Games, in which disabled and senior veterans from across the country gather for some light-hearted competition.

“There are no losers there,” Quile said.

At the moment, he is looking for a little financial assistance to help him and his wife get to the event, which is organized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He said donations have been coming in from across the community, putting him within $400 of the $750 he needs to cover traveling costs.

But beyond his short-term search for aid, Quile is looking to form a group of Nevada County veterans who would like to compete in upcoming Golden Age Games, held in a different city each year.

Quile, a Vietnam-era veteran who had a leg nearly crushed by an airplane engine in an accident aboard an aircraft carrier, takes part in the VA games through the medical system’s Palo Alto organization.

He estimates that Nevada County has more than a few potential participants, who must be in the VA system to compete. Aside from the good times, he also has come back from the games in recent years with two silver medals and a gold.

“It’s like a day camp for people over 55,” he said.

For information about helping Quile reach this year’s games or about becoming part of a Nevada County group, he can be reached at 432-7511.

HOW TO HELP

To donate to Gary Quile’s trip to the National Veterans Golden Age Games or to find out about forming a Nevada County group of competitors for the games, call 432-7511.


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