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110-year-old Pennsylvania widow gets World War I benefits boost

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Aug 13, 2012 3:58 PM

(Ebensburg) -- A 110-year-old Pennsylvania widow is getting a benefits boost because of her husband's World War I service.

Family members say Alda Collins is now getting about $1,000 a month to assist with her stay at a nursing home near Ebensburg. She had been getting $36 a month.

Her son says Collins lived by herself in a trailer until she was 106. She can use a walker, feeds herself and knows the Pittsburgh Pirates are in second place.

For years, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse.

Her husband, William, served in the Army in World War I. He died in 1976 at age 81.

The family had been asking the Veterans Administration for the benefits adjustment since 2008 and recently got help from Democratic Congressman Mark Critz.

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