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Ten Quilts of Valor Created and Presented To Local Veterans

By Gloria Peck

2020-11-19 19:34:03

Quilters from the immediate area got together in early October 2020, to make plans to see how many quilts could be made to be awarded to local Veterans at the November 11, 2020 American Legion Post #125 Veterans’ dinner.  Individuals worked franticly to get 10 quilts done.   Sadly, because of the COVID virus, the dinner was cancelled at the last minute.  The individuals from this quilt group are doing all they can to get the quilts to the awardees as soon as possible.   We regret the award could not be given during the Veterans’ dinner so that the awardees get recognition.  The following are the veterans who are being awarded a “healing” quilt in 2020.

Veterans Awardees:    
Gary Aughenbaugh Denis Weber Robert Miller
Lowell Johnston Carrol Williams   Merle Shalberg
L.D. Nelson Clifford Johnston Richard West
Bob Woods    

The Quilts of Valor Foundation was started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, whose son was in Iraq.  She had a dream of a young soldier sitting in utter despair.  Then she dreamed of wrapping him in a quilt.  The quilt changed his demeanor to one of hope.  The message of her Dream:  Quilts = Healing.

The first Quilt of Valor was awarded in November 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a young soldier from Minnesota.  On that same day, 150 Quilts of Valor were awarded at Walter Reed to physically wounded and 150 were awarded to those struggling with psychological/emotional trauma and distress.   As of June 2020, over 250,000 quilts have been awarded throughout the U.S. and overseas.  From Jan 1, 2020 Through October 31, 2020, a total of 17,556 Quilts of Valor quilts have been awarded.

Since that time, specifications have been made regarding membership to the organization.  Group membership has become costly, along with each member of the group paying a membership.  These funds allow the Foundation to carry the administrative costs for acquiring licenses, permits, renewed corporate filings, and covering events with general liability coverage.  It is illegal for anyone to award a quilt under the Quilts of Valor name without belonging to a franchised Quilts of Valor group.

There are strict requirements for construction of Quilts of Valor quilts. They must be labeled with required information, must be AWARDED (this is N0T a gift), and must be recorded by the Group.  The group sends the veteran’s name into the National Headquarters where they are then listed on the National Quilts of Valor Registry.

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