Thursday, October 24, 2013

From the Quilts of Valor Foundation

Quilts of Valor Foundation

To the Quilts of Valor Community of Volunteers,

We need your help! The QOVF story on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Monday evening has brought impressive national attention, new Facebook friends, website visitors,
interested volunteers, many new groups registered AND over 251 requests for Quilts of Valor since the broadcast. 

Each month we have standing requests for over 240 quilts from medical facilities in Afghanistan and Germany, as well as stateside programs working with both active military and veterans. With the additional 251 requests, we are short of Quilts of Valor needed for presentations in the next couple of months. If you have a quilt under way, please get it finished and get it to your State Coordinator or to our Destinations Coordinator. If you have not started your next Quilt of Valor, would you try to get another one completed and to the long armer before the holiday season is upon us? 

Here a just a few of the comments that we have received with the requests for our comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

--This request is for my dad. He has Type 2 Diabetes from Agent Orange, and has been sick for several months. Out of six boys in his family five of them served in the military. Thank you for all that you ladies are doing.

--My father served in the 93rd evac hospital in Saigon (1964-1965). He is an anesthetist (RN) and spent day after day in the operating room helping patch up the injured men. He's never received any kind of honor or award for his service. This would be the perfect recognition.

--Yvonne was an Army surgical nurse stationed in harm's way in each deployment. Severely wounded In January 2010 by a
mortar that blew up outside her tent, she has been struggling to recover from nerve damage, TBI, and PTSD. She deserves a Quilt of Valor more than anyone I know. Please consider her as a recipient. 

--My husband was severely injured while serving in Vietnam. He still has his Purple Heart, tattered as it is, hanging from his rear view mirror. When he saw the news about your quilts, he commented, "I would love to have one." This is the first thing he has asked for in 43 years. 

--Spent 8 months in Afghanistan last year working as aircrew. Will be deploying again in a few months during the winter. Having a quilt from you would be an honor. If it's not I understand. My roommate had a quilt that had been given to him through QOVF and has had me interested ever since. 

--I was wounded on Nov.5, 1969. After several weeks of surgery in Vietnam and Japan, I recuperated enough to be shipped back to the U.S.A. I arrived at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York on a freezing winter day. We were transferred to an unheated school bus dressed only in our hospital pajamas and a thin robe. I could have used one of your quilts to ease my shivering as we rode for an hour before arriving at he hospital. Tears came to my eyes when I heard about Quilts of Valor on the nightly news. 

Thank you so much for showing our troops someone cares.

Thank you for all you have done and thank you in advance for helping us honor these men and women who have given so much for us.

Susan Gordon, Executive Director


Contact Information
 Susan Gordon
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor Foundation

Thank you for putting service above self.  Your efforts make a difference.

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