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Nearly 600 veterans compete in Cincinnati's National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games began Monday! (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The National Veterans Wheelchair Games began Monday!

There will be 18 events that will take place over the next five days and it kicked off at 10:30 a.m. at Fountain Square with a ceremony.

Nearly 600 veterans across the country will be in Cincinnati until July 22 to compete in sports like quad rugby, archery, track and field, swimming and softball.

The games are an opportunity to highlight the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.

This is the 37th year for the event. It was held in Salt Lake City in 2016, and Todd Sledge with the Cincinnati branch of Veteran Affairs said it's a great opportunity for the Queen City.

“To bring the community together with the City of Cincinnati, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to pull all that together and bring it here, it’s like having the World Series right here in our backyard," he said.

The event is free and open to the public. Most events will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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