A 91-year-old woman has spent the past 25 years volunteering at a D.C. veterans medical center. 
After her husband who served in the Navy died, Mary Allen started volunteering at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Since then, she has spent more than 20,000 hours.
“I have done everything in this building. I just started volunteering, because I didn’t have anything to do after I retired. You’ve got to do something to stay alive,” said Allen.
Allen is known throughout the medical center. Army veteran April Goodwin-Gill sees the commitment and dedication Allen puts forth as a volunteer.
“She’s a pistol. She’s so excited about being a volunteer, and she takes it very very seriously. It really means a lot. She’s been instrumental in me not just getting a hand out but a hand up,” said Goodwin-Gill.
Allen has interacted with and learned from many veterans over the years. As a volunteer, Allen has …