Monday, April 28, 2014

Appreciation Is Never Too Late

We received this message from the Spouse...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all you do.. I heard about Quilts of Valor and mentioned it to my daughter---and she submitted her father's name.

Jim served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 in the infantry in the Tay Ninh province in the shadow of the Black Virgin Mountain. He walked in the jungles, rice paddies and the red dirt ... and on May 19th, 1970 he and the weapons platoon were ambushed near Memot, Cambodia. Casualties were 2 of his friends, Jim and many other platoon members, all being wounded in action.

In all these years he has kept the anger and resentment inside of himself, until 2011 when out of nowhere he received a phone call from one of his platoon buddies - someone who remembered his name, and the town where he was born, and they took a chance and called. From that phone call forward, my husband has been a changed man - changed for the better.

Now he wears his ball cap that proudly shows his Manchu insignia and he appreciates people stepping up and saying "Thank You for your service, Sir"... I have seen tears come to his eyes... He is close to retirement age now, and I'm so thankful that although it's late, the appreciation is there for what these service guys have done... and it goes right to their heart.

Please know that what you are doing means more to them than you can imagine!!!

wife of Jim


  1. What a super special letter from a Soldier's wife!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!! :-)

  2. This is why I like to have an extra Quilt of Valor in my car so that when I meet someone with a cap that says WWII, Korea, Vietnam or some other service I can present them with a quilt if they have not received one.