Sometimes I think I get focused on making sure we have enough quilts, that I sometimes forget that there are those who have never been thanked, recognized, or even welcomed home.
I work with a group of amazing men, and their counselors. They are truly a wonderful group - they include veterans from all wars, and the majority of them continue to struggle with Post Traumatic Stress is some way, shape or form.
On one particular visit, there were two - new to me faces - and I asked them if they knew about Quilts of Valor. They said they had heard of them, but did not possess one. Lucky me, I was able to remedy that.
However, since they knew what a QOV was ( they told me!!!) I decided that my presentation had to be a bit different. So I explained to them more about who the makers of their quilts were - how they became to be involved in QOV, and how, in fact, one maker had lost her son in Iraq, so it was a personal mission as well.
And then I asked, ( if any of you work with PTSD you know you ALWAYS ASK) if I could wrap them in their quilt. As I wrapped, and subsequently got a hug, the two veterans in their quilts, I thanked them for their service, and told each one of them Welcome Home.
In case you were wondering - the Welcome Home started the water works. Neither of these fine gentlemen had ever been told Welcome home. - ever! I was honored to be the one to Welcome them home, as well as wrap them with a wonderful Quilt.
PS the quilt on the left was made by Pat and quilted by Donna, the right - Elsie, and Lois made. Cool huh!! Labels are SOOOO important!!