What Are Quilts of Valor?

It is the stated mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation ® to “cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”  This foundation is not about politics.  It’s about people.

It all began with a Blue Star mom, Catherine Roberts, in her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware.  Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq was her inspiration.  She was determined to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved.

Her original concept, that linked quilt-top makers with machine quilters, turned into a national effort.  These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor (QOVs) would be a  reminder to service men and women of America’s appreciation and gratitude.  Since 2003, the Foundation she created has become a national grassroots community service effort.  The quilts are a tangible way to say “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”

As of Dec 2014:  112,682 Quilts of Valor have been awarded, and more are needed.
Check out this video at the QOV website to see a moving interview with Dorsey Winfree, a Vietnam veteran.  You’ll learn Dorsey’s story and what his QOV meant to him and why it is imperative that we continue to make these healing quilts:  http://www.qovf.org/content/meat-potatoes.html

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