Thomas Linenberger joined the Navy in 1965. After reaching the pinnacle of the enlisted ranks, he applied for the warrant officer program, and was later commissioned. Thirty years later, Linenberger retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander.

As the National Veteran Golden Age Games get closer, the 71-year-old, is ready for the competition.

“I’d like to earn (a medal) in the events I entered, but, honestly, I’m just happy to compete,” he said.

He plans to participate in badminton, boccia, powerwalk, and the 100-meter sprint.

“I love the camaraderie, social interaction, and the healthy aspect of a sports setting,” said Linenberger. “I’m active and have always been competitive.”

The Vietnam Veteran, and Biloxi, Mississippi resident, says he always participated in sports during his military career.

“The teamwork you get from sports is something I enjoy,” he said. “From my experiences in the Navy, teamwork was a major aspect, and always got others involved.”

Registration for the National Veterans Golden Age Games has ended, but volunteers are needed to help make the events successful. You can sign up to volunteer online at and clicking on the Volunteer tab.

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Shannon Arledge is the VISN 16 communications manager. Prior to his current position, Shannon served as the public affairs officer, at Overton Brooks VAMC in Shreveport, LA  (2015-2016) and served as the public affairs specialist for the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama (2007-2015). He is a retired U.S. Marine, serving from 1987-2007, all in public affairs.

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Published on Apr. 19, 2017

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  1. Kenneth R Pulliam April 24, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Is there any help for veterans who have seen their credit rating ruined by VA/ Healthnet failing to pay for contracted services under the VA Choice program. A local pathologist group has placed my account in collection because Healthnet did not pay for contracted services. I got them to stop the collection calls, so far, but how do I correct the devastating stain on my credit?

    Ken Pulliam

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