The Subway Commonwealth Games announced several new exciting things are being added for this year's 24th annual event, which is put on by Virginia Amateur Sports.
This year there will be five sports with divisions for veterans: track and field, bowling, shooting, 5K, and archery. Veterans will be able to participate in three divisions: general, veteran, and disabled veterans.
"It will broaden the ways our veterans can get out and be physically fit and be active in the community," said Matt Wade, the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program regional director. "It will also be a good way for our veterans to network with one another and get out and show they've served the country. It's the least we can do to honor what they've done for us."
There are nearly 900,000 veterans in Virginia. 101,000 veterans live in southwest Virginia.
2008 Olympic silver medalist and fencer Tim Morehouse will be this year's guest of the games.
Nine new events are also being added, including Crossfit, a strong man competition and cornhole. Veteran events are expected to expand in coming years.
The games run from July 19-21 and bring an estimated economic impact of $3 million.