I first learned about QOV in 2016; as both my husband Bob and I are retired US Air Force officers (active duty during Vietnam Era), I have a vested interest to see all military are recognized and thanked for their sacrifice and service, and as an avid quilter I can’t think of a better way to do so.
I started my group with 4 of us working on quilts, then sending them to the state coordinator to award. Soon I decided that we could do our own and see the results of our work; a more than rewarding experience. We became an official QOV group in 2017.
As of February 2023, my small group of volunteers (usually 4-7 of us active at any time) have created a total of 205 quilts (I’ve personally worked on 112) and have awarded 196. In addition to my group’s award ceremonies, I have assisted with other ceremonies, including in 2019 awarding quilts to: (1) One of the five living USS Arizona survivors, (2) Colorado’s three living Tuskegee Airmen, and (3) Eighteen WWII veterans of the 12 th Armored Division.
I’m honored that I (and my team) have been involved with awarding quilts to Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and veterans of other conflicts, plus active duty service members. Some of these awardees have been involved with more than 1 war/conflict (such as one of the Tuskegee Airmen who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam).
I am always proud to present information about QOV and our mission to service/non-profit groups in the area, including my Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter, the American Legion and others.