Congratulations to Interfaith Veterans’ Workgroup member, Jeff Lippincott, for his award of a Quilt of Valor on August first. Jeff, a Navy corpsman who was assigned to a Marine unit in Vietnam, was the one to call if you were down in a firefight and needed medical assistance, pronto. Risking his own life, Jeff gave life-saving aid many times, and like many combat vets, he sustained wounds to the body, mind, and soul. Some friends who knew about Jeff’s combat experience and his life since then nominated him for a Quilt of Valor, and then surprised him at dinner with one. The pictures here tell the story, and show his joy for being recognized in this way.
If you go to the Quilts of Valor website you will read how a Delawarean started this ministry:
“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explain Quilts of Valor and how freedom quilts can help our wounded combat warriors/veterans. Now is the time to give back to our service members through freedom quilts.”
“Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover ALL physically or psychologically wounded service members with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices.”
“The movement was originally started by Catherine Roberts of Seaford, DE in 2003 but has now spread across the United States and even has an international presence.”
“Over 5,546 (this figure changes daily) of our men and women have died as a result of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and almost 25 percent of the veterans returning home suffer from some type of physical or psychological wound. We have plenty of work to do to show our gratitude. Now is the time to get involved and give back to our combat warriors/veterans.”
“We invite you to join the cause and make an American patchwork quilt for maybe a special warrior/veteran that you may know or one that you don’t know but would like to thank. Send us a photo and your story along with a photo of the recipient if at all possible. Often it is difficult, if not impossible, to get a picture of the warrior.”
Reported by TCDavis