The first of the Quilts of Valor quilts to be awarded by the CT Quilters Group went to a Sergeant First Class with the US Army. This soldier had completed two tours of
Iraq and was subsequently wounded during his first tour in . His injury was sustained while he was in a Striker tank that hit an improvised explosive device (IED). He fractured three vertebrae in his back and received a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well. Early in 2012, he received the Order of St. Maurice - an award that is only bestowed on those who have served with distinction and have demonstrated a significant contribution to the US Army Infantry. He also received the NCO of the Year award and has two Purple Heart awards. We are proud to say that he is the nephew of one of the CT Quilters active volunteers, a retired Army wife herself. He currently works as an Infantry Trainer and is doing well. Afghanistan
This remarkable young man wrote our Group a wonderful thank-you note as seen in the above photo. In part, he wrote “I want to thank my aunt ___ and the women of Quilts of Valor and Crafty Threads for the quilt they made me. I want to thank her for her kind thoughts and always showing me that some Americans have not forgotten the cost of freedom. Thank you ___ and all the people who celebrated my 2nd annual alive day.”
The CT Quilters Group wish him continued success with his recovery as he deals with PTSD and the effects of the TBI, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to him for his service and his sacrifice.