Austin’s Richard Overton, oldest living veteran, gets standing ovation at Spurs game

“Military City” honored one of Austin’s own last week during a San Antonio Spurs game.

During Thursday’s Military Appreciation Night, Richard Overton was presented with a custom camouflage Spurs jersey with his name and the number “110.” Overton, who served in the Army during World War II, is the oldest veteran in the U.S. at 110 years old. The Austinite was all smiles as the crowd of fans, military members, players and coaches gave him a standing ovation.

And no trip to the AT&T Center would be complete without a photo op with the team’s Silver Dancers.

https://twitter.com/SilverDancers/status/845085695945428992

Overton has lived in east Austin for about 70 years with his family, who recently set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for around-the-clock home care for him. In January, the Statesman reported that the campaign had exceeded its initial donation goals. As of this writing, the campaign has raised more than $167,000 with a goal of $200,000.

In 2013, Overton got to meet then-President Barack Obama. The veteran celebrated his 109th birthday with burgers and cigars in 2015.

PHOTOS: Richard Overton, country’s oldest WWII veteran

Author: Staff Writer

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