When I retired in 1998 after 25 years working in the printing/publishing field my addiction to quilting increased. I had already said that the reason for my early retirement was to allow more time for quilting. Little did I realize at the time that Quilts of Valor® would become my mission. My family’s military presence dates back to soldiers who stood beside George Washington, so when I learned about Quilts of Valor® Foundation it seemed the right way for me to show my appreciation to our military’s efforts. I’ve been making QOV®s since 2004 and now when I see a new design idea I always envision it in red, white and blue. The military presence in Alaska is strong. It is said the state has the most veterans per capita in the United States. There are also nine military bases in the state. Although I’ve not traveled to many of the outlying areas fortunately we’ve been able to connect with quilters who can make sure our veterans across the state are recognized. At a recent Honor Flight welcome home ceremony one of the last living Alaska Territorial Guards who served the country during WWII received his recognition. A traveling nurse has made trips into outlying areas to hold award ceremonies for veterans in villages in the far north. Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Ft. Wainwright service members are often nominated to receive Quilts of Valor®. No matter the era in which a warrior has served, we’re eager to offer them comfort and healing in a special way.
We now have several QOVF member groups across the state. If you are interested in helping us fulfill the QOVF mission please contact me by email linda.kau@QOVF.org. You’re not a quilter? Don’t worry, we can find some way for you to help! I look forward hearing from you. If you would like to nominate a service member or veteran to be recognized, just complete the form on this website and we will contact you soon to make arrangements for the award ceremony.