Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wrapped in Red, White and Blue

A Letter to QOVF

Mrs. Barnes,

My wife and I wanted to pass on a special thank you to 'Nancy Drum' and the 'Rochester NY Quilters'.  They made the lovely patriotic quilt of valor that wrapped our son in love while he was on the gurney being air medevac'd back to the States.

Our son, Chris, was injured while serving down range.  He was medevac'd first to Germany and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC.  It has been a very difficult four months since his injury, and he still has another 3 to 6 months to go at the Brain Trauma Center.  The good news is that the prognosis is very good for a complete recovery. 

However, we will never forget the first pic that we saw of our son wrapped in red, white and blue.  Truly it is an expression of so much love, caring, and compassion for our Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors who have given so much for Our Country. I can assure you that it gave our Chris comfort mentally to know that folks cared as well as provided him physical warmth on the cold flights.  It is now one of 'his treasures' that he has requested us to safeguard until he is out of treatment and back on his own.

So from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, Nancy Drum, and the Rochester NY quilters for all the beautiful, hard work that you put into each and every quilt of valor.  We wanted you to know that you make a difference in so many lives - - just like you did for our son, Chris.

With our greatest appreciation and thanks,

Caroline and Lee


  1. What a wonderful post and makes me so happy to be a part of this amazing group!!

  2. I agree... a wonderful post. It doesn't get any more real than this.

  3. Praise the LORD !! Praying Chris has a full , quick recovery . GOOD JOB QOV . Thank You Chris for your service and sacrifice .

  4. Chills!! I just adore this post..Shared on FB-this is the stuff that makes life so wonderful. xxooxxoo -Army Nurse Corps vet served in iraq is 2003-04/avid quilter

  5. That really makes me want to cry. What a great thing you are doing for our servicemen.

  6. Ohhhhh....what a delight to read about this. I'm just finishing my first QOV and am thrilled that some fabric and women who sew could give so much comfort. That is, after all, the point of our labor of love in making these works of art. Thank you to you and your son for your service and sacrifice. As the daughter of a retired naval submariner, I understand what your family has endure for all of us. Thank you.

  7. I am a part of a group making QOV for veterans. But love Chris's story. Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing your letter. This project is one of the best ever. Good luck Chris and all our vets and thank you for your service and sacrifices.

  8. How wonderful! Thank you, Chris, for all you've done to preserve our freedom. God bless you.