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Mary Rhoades (left) created/quilted this spectacular Quilt of Valor presented to Staff Sargent Ronald White (Vietnam War) during a recent ceremony in Cheyenne County.
Rebecca Leann Young

Quilts of Valor Awards Presentation

By Rayetta J. Addy

September 28, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, Quilts of Valor were presented to Kit Carson VFW Post 3411 members Rod Houser and Ronald White at their regular post meeting.

In 2003, while her son was deployed to Iraq, a quilter named Catherine Roberts started the movement that became known as Quilts of Valor. Since that time over 300,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded. Their mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Each quilt is handmade and donated by volunteers across America as an expression of their gratitude that is meant to thank veterans who sacrificed so much while serving our nation in the armed forces.

Specialist 5th Class Rod Houser served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Mannheim, Germany. Family members that attended the ceremony were his wife Judy and Mike and daughter Sara Crawford.

Staff Sargent Ronald White served in the United States Air Force and spent time in Vietnam and Upper Heyford, England. Family members that attended for Ronald were his wife Shirley, George and daughter Anita Young and grandsons Asher and Archer Tuttle.

On behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, we welcome home and thank these veterans for allowing us to recognize them for their service to our country.

Veterans attending the awards presentation from Post 3411 were Quartermaster Amanda Plitz, Chaplain Areta Blooding-Laird, Past Commander Rich Glover and from Cheyenne Wells Post 9700 Quartermaster Bart Addy. Auxiliary members in attendance were President Betsy Evans and Secretary/Treasurer Rayetta Addy along with Shirley White and Judy Houser. Other guests included Amanda Plitz’s daughters, Isabelle and Chloe.

The beautiful quilts were made and presented by Mary Rhoades of Kit Carson. Mary is a member of the Prairie Quilters who meet in Haswell four times a year to sew Quilts of Valor for our veterans.