Completed Quilts of Valor may be awarded locally to awardees known by the quilt maker or in the quilt maker’s community. Local awards, whether made by a local group or directly from quilt maker to awardee, are meaningful both to awardees and those who award quilts.
All awards should be reported on the Quilts of Valor Foundation website. To report, click on the “Report a QOV Awarded” button on the QOVF website.
Alternatively, individuals and groups may ask the Foundation to select destinations for completed quilts.
Requests for Quilts of Valor are sometimes referred to as “nominations.” Any individual may request a Quilt of Valor for a service member or veteran touched by war. An individual may request a Quilt of Valor for himself or herself.
Before requesting a destination for a quilt (or quilts) from the Destination Coordinator (DC), make sure the quilt meets the Foundation’s standards of excellence described in the Policies & Procedures manual.
Confirm that the quilt is completely finished, has been washed, and has a label and presentation case, if appropriate. Presentation cases are recommended for QOVs going to overseas destinations and medical facilities. They may not be needed for local individual or small group awards.
The DC makes assignments at least once a week. The DC makes every effort to honor special requests, such as requests for overseas destinations or destinations in a specific state or facility. The DC may consult with other leadership as needed. Final decisions about destinations are at the discretion of the DC.
To request a destination:
- Go to “Request A Destination” on the QOVF website.
- Complete the online form to request a destination. Do not use this form to request a quilt for a specific person or yourself.
- If possible, attach a photo of your quilt to the online form to help the DC assign your quilt appropriately.
- Once an assignment is made, ship the quilt within a week
- When shipping to an assigned destination, it is not necessary to use expensive shipping methods; however, tracking, when available, is recommended. USPS now offers tracking at no charge.
- Insurance is not recommended for shipping to an APO (Army Post Office) or FPO (Fleet Post Office) as tracking is not available once a package reaches such “jumping off spot” location.
Direct any questions regarding destinations to the Destination Coordinator.
If a quilt does not meet the Foundation’s standards of excellence, the DC may be able to find a destination where the quilt is appropriate and acceptable. For example if a quilt is undersized it might be appropriate for a wheelchair-bound recipient. Be sure to inform the DC up front if your quilt does not conform to the Standards of Excellence.
More information may be found in the Policies & Procedures manual.