Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The VA's had a change of heart, and it's no April Fool's joke. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins says the Golden Age Games in Buffalo are back on.
“Once again, Western New York will stand at the top of the winner’s podium come May 30th, now that the 27th Golden Age Games are back on schedule,” said Senator Schumer. “When we heard that the Department of Veterans Affairs had abruptly and indefinitely postponed this competition for our heroes, we knew we weren’t going down without a fight, and today Western New York’s veteran community and the local economy are victorious.”
“This is just the latest example of what is possible when Western New York stands up for itself,” said Congressman Higgins. “We appreciate the VA Secretary’s reconsideration and look forward to hosting our honorable servicemembers, from across the country, at this year’s Warriors on the Waterfront Games in Western New York.”
On March 19, 2013 the VA abruptly announced plans to “postpone” the Golden Age Games in Buffalo. The news prompted an outcry from veterans already registered for the event that made travel arrangements and have been training for months. Local organizers and Western New York businesses, who have spent years planning to host the Games, also said the decision would be devastating to the region economically.
Both credit the pressure put on the VA by government, as well as local business leaders. Events are scheduled to take place at a number of locations across Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Western New York including: the convention center, Erie Community College, Audubon Golf Course and the Made in America Store among other sites. The Games are expected to have a $2.2 million impact on the local economy