New Mexico veteran celebrates 99th birthday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a big birthday bash for a New Mexico veteran.

Joe Benavidez turned 99 years old Friday.

Friends and family gathered to celebrate at the Raymond Sanchez Community Center on Fourth Street and Alameda.

Benavidez, who served in World War II, told KRQE news 13 he plans on celebrating with a good, long nap. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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