LA QUINTA, Calif.- - 96-year-old Millie Bloom Saks served in the armed forces during World War II. She now lives in La Quinta. She said she was in the second group of women to serve in the military as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard's women's reserve.
"My time in the service was very rewarding," Saks told KESQ News Channel and CBS Local 2's Katie Widner. "At the time we all hated it- just hated it, but afterward we really learned so much about being a woman and being strong."
But now Millie is at a difficult crossroads; she is legally blind, her family has passed away, and her life savings are depleted. She currently lives in a private living facility, but that living situation remains precarious as she hopes for further financial support from the Veterans Affairs office.
Family members of other people who live at her private facility have set up a GoFundMe page to help support Millie - click here to donate. At the time of this publication, $1,165 had been raised toward the $12,000 goal.
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