In the Spotlight
VA Searches for WWI Veterans
America's oldest veteran and the world's oldest person celebrated his 115th birthday on August 21, 2006 in the Puerto Rico
Isabela surrounded by family and well-wishers. Emiliano Mercado del Toro was a boy when the United States seized Puerto
from Spain in 1898. He entered the U.S. Army in 1918 and was based in Florida for training as World War l ended. Mercado
declared the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of Records last year. He is the oldest of 18 living World War I
veterans identified by VA during the past year.
VA continues to search for World War I veterans in preparation for national recognition of America's remaining Doughboys.
know of a World War I veteran in your area, contact Chris Scheer, VA Office of Public Affairs, at