I've been giving out QOVs to wounded warriors for 7 yrs. here in San Antonio and have never turned away a wounded warrior who needed a quilt but, unfortunately, that's changing. Thinking about our shortfall of QOVs each month, I'm saddened that we have lost some quilters due to lack of response from the wounded. The wounded I see are those evacuated from Afghanistan (and previously from Iraq, too.) They usually go thru Ramstein AFB in Germany before being transported on medical flights, usually to my hospital or to Andrews AFB. At San Antonio Military Med. Center (SAMMC, formerly Brooke Army Med Ctr - BAMC), many have severe injuiries, including hand and arm amputations, or hands and legs, or body burns requiring years of medical treatements. The wounded warriors are often very young ...and not thinking of "thank you" notes, instead, concentrating on surviving and healing. It's difficult to watch their struggles for simple daily activities, even with their families helping. Yet their faces brighten (if not burned) and they are all amazed and so very grateful to receive a QOV! They usually do get a quilt in Afghanistan or Germany but sometimes medical flights arrive during super hectic times and the warrior might not get a quilt. Or it gets lost during transport activities, so I try to keep a quilt or 2 ready for those critically injured (burned and/or with amputations) who I see in the Burn Center where I volunteer. I do double duty as the unofficial on-site QOV rep (not an official SAMMC position.) I listen and comfort the warriors' families to support them through the critical waiting and worrying, then cheer them all on later during rehab. Recently, I requested some QOVs but was unable to get even one, so I understand the meaning behind the "not enough quilts" statistics.
Living in TX, with so many quilters makes it even more sad to think I cannot get a QOV when needed.
Maybe sharing these stories will inspire new quilters to join in. I know there are many big-hearted, busy folks who make QOVF a wonderful, productive organization. Thanks to all of you for the honor and comfort your quilts bestow upon our deserving warriors. Happy quilting!