Oklahoma military veteran celebrating his ‘Sweet 16th’ birthday

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OKLAHOMA CITY - After spending 20 years in the military, one veteran celebrated his 16th birthday on Monday.

The decorations were fit for a 16th birthday party, but instead of a teenager, Gary Hanson was celebrating.

Hanson, who has been alive for 64 years, is only 16-years-old because his birthday falls on Feb. 29.

"He'll tell a bartender, 'If I can prove to you that you're selling this to a minor, will you give this to me for free?" said Kimberly Hanson, Gary's wife.

Kimberly said Gary always uses his leap year birthday to his advantage.

"When Denny's had that free dinner on your birthday, I cleaned up on the 28th and March 1st," said Gary.

Since he's been joking about turning 16, she and his daughter had something special in store .

"He's got a tiara that says 'Sweet 16' and a sash like Miss America that says 'Sweet 16," said Kimberly.

Gary and his friends and family celebrated by going shooting at the gun range, then dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

 

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