JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. (Nov. 6, 2014) -- Retired Lt. Col. Luta C. McGrath is older than the holiday she will commemorate on Veterans Day 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
She turns 107 on Nov. 21, and her birthday month is filled with a to-do list which would give a young, urban professional problems.
As weeks of her life continue to unwind, she still enjoys the military base atmosphere. Thursdays or Fridays are spent at Joint Base Myer- Henderson Hall, tending to errands and stops at the commissary.
Prescription pickups at Andrew Rader Clinic are an extra treat.
"Every month or so we go to the clinic," Luta's caregiver, Clara Campanga, said. "She knows everybody and loves seeing friends."
She also plans to attend Thanksgiving dinner with nine other guests at the Fort Myer Officers Club at the end of the month.
"She's active, alert and getting around," Campanga said during a phone interview with the Pentagram.
Born in 1904, in Beattyville, Kentucky, Luta was among the 400,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II. She began her military career in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, in 1943.