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90-Year-Old Veteran Volunteers for Reno VA Hospital

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It is a typical morning and Terry Journey is heading out of her apartment in Midtown Reno for work. She grabs her walker and her coat and begins the mile long trek up hill to the VA Hospital on Locust street in Reno.

"I make this trip three times a week no matter what the weather is," she says. "I'm never late and I never leave until the job is done."

Journey joined the Army Air Corps when she was 21, three years after her older brother was killed in a Japanese attack on a Navy destroyer.

"There were no survivors at all. And that day I told my dad that if he could give his life for our country I could too," she remembers. "My dad said that would be over his dead body that any daughter of his would be in the military. So I waited until I was 21 and joined on my own."

She served in the surgical unit and loved her job. Now she volunteers at the VA Hospital in Reno where she feels at home. She is responsible for getting letters out reminding patients of their appointments. But what she really enjoys is talking with the other veterans.

"They always thank me for talking with them," she says. "But I don't talk much, I just listen. And they need that."

Terry Journey takes her job at the VA Hospital in Reno as seriously as she took her tour of duty. She is 90 years old. She's been at the VA Hospital in Reno for 12 years now and she has no plans of slowing down.

"As long as I can walk that mile and as long as I have the mental process to do this job I'll be here. Even if I'm 100, I'll be here."

Written by Erin Breen

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