President Obama meets with nation's oldest living veteran

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President Obama Meets With Nation's Oldest Living Veteran


The oldest living veteran paid a special visit to the White House this week.

Emma Didlake is 110 years old. The Detroit resident enlisted in the women's Army Auxillery Corpse in 1943 in WWII. At that time she 38, married and already had five children!

President Obama said it was a great honor to meet her.

"It's a great reminder of not only the sacrifices the greatest generation made on our behalf but also the kind of trailblazing that our women veterans made."

After she was discharged, Didlake moved with her family to Detroit and joined the local NAACP chapter.

Didlake now has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She says she's healthy because she lives in moderation and doesn't smoke.

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President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with the oldest living woman veteran, 110-year-old Emma Didlake in the Oval Office of the White House on July 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: The oldest living woman veteran, 110-year-old Emma Didlake meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on July 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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