Friday, October 10, 2014

Couple Receives QOVs

From Lincoln, Nebraska

On Saturday, October 4th, a very special QOV presentation was awarded to two veterans who also happen to be married. The QOV's were made by Julia S., who also did the presentation, and by Judy L. More importantly, were the recipients Ken and Erin C. 

Ken joined the Army right out of his school, served 3 combat tours in Iraq, was wounded on his second tour and received the Purple Heart as well as the Combat Action Badge while overseas. 

Erin, his wife, joined the Army in 1996 and was deployed in 2003 for Operation Enduring Freedom.They were the first married couple in the state of Nebraska to be deployed together in the war, leaving behind their two sons in the care of Ken's mom. Erin left the Army after 8 years due to Optempo, with both of them serving and one needing to be home with their two boys. 

The boys received patriotic quilts, made by Vicky S., who heads up the Cuddle Quilts for our Lincoln Guild. They were so proud of their parents, their service to country, and very appreciative of their own quilts.

Sadly, Ken's mom passed away the day before the presentation. However, Ken assured Julia, who was offering her condolences, that his mom was surely present and smiling down on them.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Keep Up The Great Job

A Letter to the Director...


Good Morning Susan

I so enjoyed reading your new Mission and Core Values.  Your distribution intent touched my heart and was the very reason that I personally got invoked with QOV.  My step-son, Major Ryan Burke has been deployed 5 times to the mid-East.  He just returned from Kuwait in July.  During this deployment I contacted him to see if he knew of a service man or woman that he personally knew that would like one of my quilts.  I might add, I was planning on donating one quilt.  His response to me was that any one of his 150 troops deployed with his would love a quilt.  I went a few steps beyond my initial intent by distributing 150 quilts at the troops Welcome Home ceremony.  It was indeed a heart warming moment when I got to personally witness the gratitude and surprise these well deserving service men and women expressed as they chose which quilt they took home with them.  I have personally witnessed how the war has affected my step son and his family in way too many ways. Every single one of those serving today will be emotionally if not also physically affected.  My token of appreciation with this act of love thru my stitches could never repay my appreciation for all they have given to each of us.

I would also like to add that your Colorado Coordinator, Alycia Carmin was unbelievably awesome.  She knew the hoops to jump thru and made the entire distribution totally possible.  She is soooooooooooooo dedicated and committed to the cause by driving to FT Carson, 2 hours from her home, 2-4 times a week.  Alycia deserves a volunteer service award if QOV awards them.  Without her, my personal mission would never have been accomplished.

I'm so proud to be a part of such a magnificent and focused group.  I plan to continue making quilts for the cause as well as donating my service to long-arm quilt donated quilts.  Keep up and great job.  I appreciate all your hard work.

Thanks
Cindy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Real Hero

A letter....
 
 
Dear Roxanne,

I received my quilt today and I would like to thank you for it. I must admit, after reading the letter, it brought a tear to my eye because of the message it sends. Very few "average Americans" can grasp how war affects a family. They may read about it or see it on TV, but that does not come close to showing the daily struggles or its actual toll, both mentally and physically it has on a service member and their family. 
 
In my case, I was part of 8-12 man team that conducted "special or highly dangerous" missions. Of all 12, I am one of three that are still alive today. Being the only medic on the team, each of those men died in my arms. I see their faces every night my head hits the pillow and my eyes close. I have spent the last four years begging for forgiveness, both from their families and god. I have been stabbed, almost beat to death because they tried to capture me, shot twice, and in a large explosion that left me with a TBI. 
 
After four years away from the service, I am still fighting the VA for proper compensation of benefits. I have had 13 surgeries so far, with at least two more  to go. I have been convinced that the American people just does not want to know the truth, because if they did, there would be more voices heard by or elected officials on fixing the problems with the system, protecting our benefits, and ensuring our benefits in a timely manner. 
 
I DO NOT consider myself a hero. The real hero's come home with a flag draped coffin because they made the ultimate sacrifice. The other hero's I speak of are the families because they are left with picking up the pieces once we come home. I see that I have just rambled on and on here in this email, and for that I do apologize. 
 
Thank you again for the quilt and for the moral support it represents.

Respectfully,

Drew

Thursday, September 4, 2014

QOV For A Tank Commander

Charles Shepard, 92, who served in Italy as a tank commander in WWII and then in Korea before leaving the US Army, was recently awarded his QOV. 

Mr. Shepard, a West Virginia resident, was awarded his quilt by QOVF representative Gale Betterly of Ridgefield, OH (on the right).  His daughter, Sharon Cole, nominated him for the honor.   Fay Gandee, maker of the quilt is standing next to Mr. Shepard.  QOVF is honored and privileged to have made his day special. 










Friday, August 29, 2014

A Special Morning - QOV Award


Val Heim of Superior, NE repeated the phrase "this is a very special morning" upon receiving his Quilt of Valor.  University of Nebraska Extension Educators Phyllis Schoenholz and Jaci Milius along with Office Manager Jean Stichka awarded the quilt to the dignified 93 year World War II veteran.  The request for the quilt came from southwest Kansas to the National Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Also present for the award ceremony were Gene Frerichs, adjutant and Steve Meyer past commander of the Superior American Legion Post 103 where Val is a long time member.  Heim was very modest in accepting the quilt and stated "it took all of us, so many others gave up so much more."

The conversation between the American Legion friends highlighted that Val is the oldest living professional baseball player in the U.S.A.  Val's career with the Chicago White Sox was cut short when WWII broke out and he joined the Navy.  Heim stated that baseball was the national sport at that time and military service teams had many major league players on their teams ­ which provided needed entertainment for troops of all branches of the service.