A local World War II Veteran will be celebrating his 100th birthday this week

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“Of course I want to thank them, each and every one of them. Thinking about me and sending me cards,” World War II Veteran, Joe Cuba said.

Joe Cuba is celebrating his 100th birthday and those were his first words when asked about the gifts he’s received so far. 

It all started when his daughter Beverly wanted to do something special for his birthday. 

A staff member at Brookdale had the idea of posting a picture of Joe holding a sign with a request which at the time seemed far fetched, That is, until now. 

10,000 birthday cards and counting from places all over the world including, Germany, London, Italy and all of the 50 states. 

He’s also received plenty of coffee mugs, blankets, sweet treats and even a flag previously flown over the Texas State Capitol from Representative James Frank. 

“That’s kind of different. Yeah well, I thank every one of them. They did give and that’s what counts,” Joe said.

Jarvis Polvado, Executive Director of Brookdale Midwestern says the staff is loving this just as much as Joe. 

“I tell you were just as excited to see the mail come in as joe is. Because we’re enjoying being a part of this. Were all going I never thought in my wildest dreams we would be seeing something like this, especially here,” Jarvis said.

He says the spirit around Brookdale has been more uplifting ever since Joe’s story went viral. Something Joe was hoping for.

That’s one of the humble things. Yeah he’s turning 100-years-old but he wants to make sure its shared with his tablemates, his other veterans as well.

Joe’s actual birthday is this Saturday, but he and his family are already celebrating and plan to continue celebrating. In April, Joe will be flying to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. 

Something he’s never experienced before, all courtesy of the Honor Flight. 

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