Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why Quilts of Valor?

The following was posted on a Quilts of Valor message board by a QOV Member from Pembroke, KY:


Mon Nov 5, 2012

I received a thank you letter today that I would like to share.  Some words I can't make out, and yet I wanted all of you to share in his thank you to me:
I write and thank you for your wonderful quilt. As background I am an Army Surgeon assigned to [location removed] in Eastern Afghanistan. I arrived on 22 July, 2012. Our unit provides emergency surgical care to the members of [an] Airborne Brigade.

[Location] is in Eastern Afghanistan and surrounding area. It is very violent and dangerous. Our unit is the busiest surgical team in Afghanistan.

On 7 August 2012, a large truck loaded with between 3-5000/s of explosives blew up outside the walls about 20 yards from our field hospital. The hospital and one __ were destroyed and about 1/2 of the hospital personnel were injured.

Once the immediate casualties were treated and evacuated, I slept in the destroyed hospital and used your beautiful quilt of warmth. I was very blessed that day to be uninjured and have continued to use your quilt of luck. Have been here for 3 very long months and __ a lot. We have done great work and I am again blessed to have had the experience.

I have sent your quilt to my home and am busy at Walter Reed to continue to care for our injured soldiers.

As a soldier and a surgeon I thank you for your special gift that provided much comfort during trying times.

Warm Regards.
As most of us know we receive few thank you letters. Especially if we send our quilts to injured who may not be able to respond when they receive the quilts. It's not why we send them. Thankfully the surgeon who received this one wasn't injured, but I'm glad it brought comfort after seeing so many of his unit injured and hospital destroyed. I'm glad it was there at that moment. So I hope you'll take this letter and enjoy its thanks for all the times we don't receive that thank you. For me it's back to my sewing machine.


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