World War II vet still an active volunteer at 102

4/30/2012

Bea Abrams Cohen may have left military service decades ago, but the 102-year-old World War II veteran has not stopped supporting her fellow servicemembers. The California resident has done everything from knitting blankets for veterans to offering support when they return home from combat, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cohen began helping in the war effort soon after Pearl Harbor was bombed. After she enlisted she was sent to England and worked in the military's communications department. However, Cohen's commitment to the military did not end there. During Vietnam, she helped many veterans, like Chief Master Sgt. Jason Young, transition back to civilian life.

"I kept to myself. When I saw this woman doing what she was doing, caring for others, it kind of got me out of my shell," Young told the Times. "She helped me to be better able to be around people, to function."

By most estimates, Cohen is California's oldest female veteran. And according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, she is one of around 1.7 million surviving World War II veterans.



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