Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wrapped in Red, White and Blue

A Letter to QOVF

Mrs. Barnes,

My wife and I wanted to pass on a special thank you to 'Nancy Drum' and the 'Rochester NY Quilters'.  They made the lovely patriotic quilt of valor that wrapped our son in love while he was on the gurney being air medevac'd back to the States.

Our son, Chris, was injured while serving down range.  He was medevac'd first to Germany and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC.  It has been a very difficult four months since his injury, and he still has another 3 to 6 months to go at the Brain Trauma Center.  The good news is that the prognosis is very good for a complete recovery. 

However, we will never forget the first pic that we saw of our son wrapped in red, white and blue.  Truly it is an expression of so much love, caring, and compassion for our Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors who have given so much for Our Country. I can assure you that it gave our Chris comfort mentally to know that folks cared as well as provided him physical warmth on the cold flights.  It is now one of 'his treasures' that he has requested us to safeguard until he is out of treatment and back on his own.

So from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, Nancy Drum, and the Rochester NY quilters for all the beautiful, hard work that you put into each and every quilt of valor.  We wanted you to know that you make a difference in so many lives - - just like you did for our son, Chris.

With our greatest appreciation and thanks,

Caroline and Lee

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Courageous Service

From Lincoln, Nebraska

For their courageous service, five veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor at the Veterans Center on Saturday, April 12, 2014. 
MSG (Ret) USAR Ed S., served with the Army's ASA Battalion and was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Upon leaving the station, he received the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired after completing a total of 27 ½ years of service; 3 active and 24 ½ reserves. 

US Navy, Rear Admiral (Ret) Jim T., has served in several operational carrier squadrons and various related assignments as he progressed from ensign to rear admiral during a thirty-three year career. Military awards include the Legion of Merit (5), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (4), South Vietnamese Air Gallantry Cross and Presidential Unit Citation. 

Larry B., Served with 101st Airborne Bravo Company 2nd/502nd Infantry. He has received numerous medals including: Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

John Hansen served in Vietnam with D Co, 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cav Div. Although wounded himself, he announced his acceptance of the QOV was in memory of two of his fellow soldiers, David and Luis, that were killed in action.

Ron S., went to Vietnam in January of 1967 as a 19 yr old and spent 1 year in-country. He said, "I am very proud of my service in the Army, and consider myself very lucky. I enjoy doing volunteer work at the VA.I don't really think that I am deserving of one of the beautiful quilts that the ladies make."

We are so proud of these men and honored to connect with the Veterans Center so that we can wrap our vets with hugs and a QOV! They deserve a standing ovation for their courage and service.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Honor Flight

Gene K., a Korean War Veteran, was part of a group that participated in the last Honor Flight, on three charter planes, from Omaha, Nebraska, to Washington D.C.

There were over 400 Nebraska veterans from the Korean War that braved the snow and cold to visit a number of War Memorials in Washington D.C., at the end of March.

Gene is shown here with his Quilt of Valor made by Janet, who said, "What an honor, knowing that he received this quilt for his service to the U.S.A.!"

Monday, March 31, 2014

A NOT Forgotten Warrior

We received an email from a very grateful vet who received a QOV.  His sister put his name in after learning that we also give to veterans of prior wars.

The Letter:

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of your arduous efforts in creating this one-of-a-kind Quilt of Valor for my time in RVN 1970-1971. When I showed this amazing artwork to my family I cried tears that have been pent up in me for over 44 years. It was truly disgusting the way we were all treated upon our return to our homeland from serving in VietNam. It always has been a sore spot in my heart for this abuse ever since... Even my friends that I went to college with would not thank me and did not want to hear anything about my trials and tribulations. I could not even display my decorations without my contemporaries thinking I was a war monger. I am the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Eighteen Air Medals and one with a V Device, a Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Now that was a true shame. I now have them posted in my living room along with all my other decorations and awards. I served a total of 34.5 years in the Army and retired in July 30,  2005. 

You all have won my heart with this gift. I will cherish it for the remainder of my life and it will be an heirloom to give to my children in remembrance for my combat service in the forgotten war. I have attached some memoirs below from General VoNguyen Giap that really explains the reason for the selfish and media-cultural study of our society of the 60s and 70s. Again, thanks for your love and thoughts in every signed panel. You all are truly amazing!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A History Lesson and Quilts

Middle School students in Spokane, Washington are making QOVs as a result of the efforts of a teacher.  Since there is no funding for sewing classes in the schools, the teacher took it upon herself to do this as an after school program. There were over 30 sewing machines gathering dust. Several of us, in our local Greater Spokane QOV Group, donated fabric to get them started.

The students met after school and that night was buzzing with excitement and a little chaotic but the teacher got them settled and working. Pictured are the results. These three tops are at the longarm now. They have been dedicated to the grandfathers of 3 of the students.  For all of these students the lessons and benefits of participating in making Quilts of Valor are many.....giving of themselves, saying thank you to our veterans, and the history lessons to name a few.

Great job by these students!