of the Lincoln QOV were invited to attend the monthly Coffehaus
gathering of vets at the Lincoln VA Center. Six chorus groups, ranging
from Renaissance to Swing and Jazz from Southeast High School, gave a
two hour outstanding performance.
Lincoln QOV were honored to present a QOV to Vietnam vet Terry C.
served with the 101st Airborne and later with the 173rd for 42 months
and 17 days. He said the 173rd are like a family to him.
Another US Veteran was awarded his quilt today, with his girlfriend looking on with tears and pride. This was a special award time for myself as well as the veteran. This was my first presentation on behalf of QOVF, and I hope that I am given the privilege of additional ones in the future.
It was an emotional experience for everyone there. I did not realize the impact that these quilts have on the veterans and their family once you start your presentation.
Patrick, served three tours in Vietnam with the United States Air Force along with his stateside assignments. He was in Da Nang for at least one of three tours, as a fuel specialist. He supervised and worked with a group of men refueling just about any aircraft that was flown in Vietnam.
After he was awarded his quilt I had the privilege of him sharing pictures and stories of his life in a war torn region. I am proud to have met and shared an afternoon with a true American Hero. I was able to see his ribbon bar from his uniform and he was a decorated American hero. I noticed, but not limited to, a Bronze Star , Purple Heart, and his Vietnam Campaign ribbons. On the wall of his living room are several awards he earned and was awarded during his time of service.
Thank you Patrick for your service on behalf of our great nation, and the sacrifices you made for me and everyone else.
I am the Troop Committee Chairman for LDS-BSA Troop 98. I served two tours to Iraq and was injured during 03-04 with a broken wrist. I returned 04-05 where I partially fractured my lower vertebrae, herniated a disc in my neck and fell victim to TBI due to the several IEDs and firefights that beset my platoon. I was medically retired in 2010 as a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army.
I must say, never have I felt such love and care as I did tonight. The truly selfless act of kindness revitalized a spark of joy. I have not received a token of such value for my service as I have from this foundation. Thank you. I beg that I may have the opportunity to serve in a capacity to which I may share with others the joy this brings to scarred warriors.
After a lengthy 24 hours of flight delays, my warrior and I have just
gotten home from the Louisville, KY RWW. During our numerous flights,
the subject of our new beautiful quilt came up a number of times...Would
my husband build a custom frame to hang it on our office wall, turning
over the corner of the label for all to see? Would we keep it close at
hand in the living room to snuggle up in?
Before I tell you the
answer, first I must tell you that receiving the quilts was one of the
most moving moments of the weekend for many. As the quilts were
carefully being handed to those who attended, we personally shed, and
saw, many tears of appreciation, tears of healing, and tears of warriors
and wives feeling loved and cared for. Saying thank you for all the
time you all have invested in making these beautiful quilts simply
cannot express to you all how much they meant!
So what is the
answer to what we will do with our new treasure? Remember me saying our
trip home was delayed many hours because of a delay/cancelation? Well,
our Quilt of Valor had been carefully carried with us that entire time.
Then, exhausted we tried to get some sleep very late last night
waiting for our early morning flight. Yes, as you can guess, our quilt
came out and was spread over the two of us as we tried to get some
rest. Then, in the morning it covered this military wife keeping her
from shivering as we flew back to the bitter cold of Wisconsin. And
now, it is right next to us as I write to you waiting for me to finish
so the two of us can once again enjoy it's beauty and warmth as we spend
some time together snuggled beneath it.
Even though our quilt
could easily be displayed, framed and protected, one day passed on "good
as new" to one of our children. It's already easy to say that when it
is passed on, it will be loved, used and worn from many, many hours of
being wrapped around those it was made for.
Over the years we
have spent so many days, weeks and months apart. Now, we will enjoy
being together knowing that on some of those days when there was so much
distance between us and we felt alone, you were all out there stitching
together something that was waiting to remind us that like your quilts,
we have made something beautiful out of all the many pieces of fabric
that are unique to being a military family. And although we too may at
times feel worn we also have so much to pass on.
With so much love & gratitude,
Mr. & Mrs. ITC Brian P
One of my Washington state quilters, Karen Anglin, contacted
me a couple months ago and wanted to made a quilt for a friends daughter-in-law
in Louisiana.Karen made the quilt
top, she sent it to me, I quilted it,sent it back to her, and she sent it to Louisiana.
Washington State Rep
Here is the message from Karen
She was so
excited. She called me crying to thank me. This is what she put on
her Facebook. She received the box after she returned from her
daily treatment for her head injury she received while in Iraq. Great
timing for her to receive this.