Wagoner’s Charles Smiles brought home two gold medals and a silver one during the June 4-11 National Veteran’s Administration Golden Age Games in Anchorage, Alaska.

The event was like an Olympics, but for service veterans. Smiles, 68, took first in the 100 yard dash, free throw competition and a second place in the 200 yard race.

“There were about a 1,000 vets,” Smiles said. “You had to be (age) 55 and up to participate.”

The games were open to everyone in the military and even for those disabled during their service.

Smiles was a 20-year retired Army veteran and this was his second Golden Age competition. He competed last year in Albuquerque, N.M., and won gold in the free throw shooting event.

Smiles works for the VA in Tulsa as a Peer Support Specialist.

“My job is to encourage and set an example to help them (other vets) feel better,” Smiles described.

The 34th annual Golden Age Games will be in Madison, Wisc., in 2020.

John covers news and sports for the Wagoner County American-Tribune. Phone: 918-485-5505