Thursday, August 6, 2015

Quilts of Valor and 4H Students

From Lincoln, Nebraska

Throughout the year eighteen 4H students worked on making 28 Quilts of Valor, which they proudly displayed on August 3 in York, Nebraska.

 Eileen K., is the University of Lincoln, Extension Agent, who has worked tirelessly these past several years to guide and encourage these young quilters in their endeavors. She retires this year. The students were interviewed earlier this year by Iowa Public Television who, in conjunction with Marianne Fons, will be producing a segment on the 4H students of York and Quilts of Valor. This display of QOV's was also taped for inclusion in the eventual production. The Quilts of Valor will be displayed at the Nebraska State Fair before being awarded to some very deserving vets.




Monday, June 29, 2015

THANK YOU ROBERT CRAFT!

Received via email:
 
"Tonight Jane Nimmo and Connie Arnold of Quilts of Valor Foundation​ with help from our local VFW Post 3455 Commander, Mark Haddock, presented my husband, Robert Craft​, with a beautiful quilt at our son's last t-ball game in Anna, Illinois. It was very nice. Thank you Quilts of Valor!"
 








Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Three Tours QOV

 From Lincoln, Nebraska

The Lincoln Quilters Guild were delighted to have Tony Jacobson as their April speaker . He also conducted a class based on his creation of the "Three Tours Quilt of Valor" design. He created this quilt in honor of his nephew Eric who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was one of 12 selected for presentation of the 100,000th QOV in Washington, D.C. Tony is the Art Director for Easy Quilts magazine.

At the beginning of the meeting, Julia Schroeder (Information Desk Coordinator) addressed the group and requested that Dan S. come to the stage. Dan is not only a member of our Guild but also a veteran. In 1966 he received his draft notice and was sent to Camp Pendleton. After basic training with the US Marines Corps, he spent 10 months in Vietnam in an artillery battery near Danang. There were no crowds,  waving flags, or parades when he returned home. However, at a recent basketball game he was wearing a cap that had the Marine Corps insignia on it and a young man came up and asked to shake his hand. Dan didn't know what to say when the young man said, "Thank you for your service."

So it was an additional surprise when Julia awarded this QOV to Dan. The design is the Three Tours QOV and was made by Joyce P. It was truly special to have the Tony, the designer, present during this award.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Comfort For Those Who Served

An email received from one our Regional Coordinators"

"During my tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have heard about the Quilt of Valor from one of the soldiers that was assigned to one of the Marine units and I have always thought that this was a wonderful idea and a huge comfort for those who have served.  As a veteran, I never thought about the sacrifices that I have done; other than it was my duty and mission to get it done and remembering those fallen angels whom have given their lives for the freedom that I now enjoy.  Not a moment that goes by that I think about the lives of my men and those that I was so close to and it's hard to not take it personal.  My mere words can only express my gratitude to you and the women who will put my quilt together but I hope to meet these gentle angels in person and to personally thank each of them for the labor of love, time and energy into each of the many quilts that they have prepared for so many veterans."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What Happens To A QOV When A Veteran Passes On?

Recently we were asked, "What happens to a quilt when the veteran passes on?"

Our response:

A Quilt of Valor is an Award. They are not “on loan.” We, the quilters, the awarders, are no longer in charge with what happens to a veteran’s Quilt of Valor when he or she passes. We put a label on our quilts so that they will serve as a reminder for generations to come that this family member has served and sacrificed for all of us. Perhaps it has even served as a way for that veteran to open up and share some of what they were required to do in defense of this country. 
If asked by the family, we would tell them to cherish it as they did the veteran to whom it was awarded. To pass it along to children and grandchildren. We would hope there are many years of comfort and warmth left in the QOV for those left behind.
For those who die without family, there is someone who will take care of the deceased last wishes. What would they do with his/her Purple Heart? Metal of Honor? Many family members said their veteran asked that their Quilt of Valor be displayed at the funeral or laid over their casket. It if is buried with this veteran, so be it. It is no longer ours to decide. In no case would we take it back and re-award it.