Quilts of Valor Presented to Local Vets

Apache Villa Quilters ceremony offers a token of warmth and comfort

By Terry Snetting

The Apache Villa Quilters presented eleven veterans with Quilts of Valor in a touching ceremony on March 7.

After the ceremony, Wayne Bates, who served and was wounded in the Korean war said “I sure wish I had this quilt to wrap up in when I was wounded and alone.”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts. With a son deployed in Iraq as a gunner sitting on top of a Humvee, she said she felt “only ten seconds away from panic.” She had a vision of her son struggling with his war demons and then she saw him sitting on the side of his bed wrapped in a quilt. In her vision the quilt not only comforted him but helped ward off his post war demons. And so the Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded. Their mission is to cover all service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Since its founding, Quilts of Valor has awarded more than 182,000 quilts to veterans of military actions, conflicts and wars including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan. A Quilt of Valor is a once in a lifetime award.

The Apache Villa Quilt Club is a small club of about 20 members. Since their beginning in 2005 they have gifted almost 6,000 quilts to local hospital, churches and foster care facilities. Last March, they decided to branch out to Quilts of Valor. Since then they have pieced, quilted, bound and labeled 32 quilts. Since this past November, in three separate ceremonies, they presented those 32 quilts to deserving veterans within their small community. Each quilt has about $250 worth of materials in it and an average of 40 volunteer hours of work.

The quilt club plans to have their next Quilts of Valor award ceremony in November of 2018.

Photo above: The Apache Villa Quilters presented eleven veterans with Quilts of Valor in a touching ceremony on March 7. Above, left to right are Jack Schultz, Jim Martin, Ken Barrett, Robert Nelson, and Bill Adams.

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