#VeteranOfTheDay Mabel Kauffman


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Women’s Army Corps Veteran Mabel Kauffman. Mabel served during World War II.

Mabel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a family with 17 children. When she turned 20, she signed up to be a part of the Women’s Army Corps. Mabel worked in a dental clinic during the war. Three of her brothers also joined the military.

After Mabel left the service, she went on to raise four daughters, work multiple shifts, and take care of her husband, who was fully paralyzed from a car accident. In an interview with the Veterans History Project, Mabel attributed her dedication later in life to her experiences with the Women’s Army Corps, saying “…you had to know how to do things. You had to get things done, the Army way.”

Mabel spent 46 years caring for her husband. She also volunteered at a hospital and belonged to a women Veterans organization.

Thank you for your service, Mabel!

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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.


Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Robert Bostic    

    Thank you for your service, Women’s Army Corps Veteran Mabel Kauffman!

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