From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Sen. Van de Putte to Honor Oldest Female Veteran

(San Antonio) — On Saturday, May 10, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County, and Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee), will offer birthday wishes to Ms. Lucy Coffey of San Antonio, believed to be the oldest living female veteran of World War II. Ms. Coffey will turn 108 (her actual birthdate is May 14.)

"As Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, I meet inspiring veterans on a regular basis, but Lucy Coffey is truly amazing," said Senator Van de Putte. "I'm looking forward to meeting one of the heroic women of the Greatest Generation that saved our nation from tyranny."

Ms. Coffey will be celebrating her birthday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ann's Place, a private care home located at 1718 Alice Hill, San Antonio. Senator Van de Putte will visit Ms. Coffey around 5 p.m. and present her with a proclamation honoring her service.

Coffey enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943 served in the Pacific Theater well past the war's end. While in Okinawa, Coffey joined the Civil Service and was assigned to the Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in 1957. She worked at Kelly until her retirement in 1971.