The Women Of Quilts Of Valor

{}Magic is happening inside a metro store. Every Wednesday, three women gather at The Stitching Post to sew, to laugh, and to change lives. "A lot of laughing, definitely a lot of laughing," said Sue Snyder, a volunteer with Quilts of Valor. "We have a good time and it brings us all together." These women are with Quilts of Valor, an international foundation that presents quilts to veterans touched by war. "When we mean touched by war they have been in war or seen the results of war," said Debbie Bass, Metro-Area Coordinator. Bass says keeping up with demand is tough. "In our steady group there are probably about 10 of us and we're always hunting somebody to come join us to help make quilts." Bass accepted the volunteer position because war has directly touched her family. "My husband is a Vietnam Veteran that suffers from PTSD," Bass said. "This is the second deployment for my son. We have no idea where he's at." Since 2003, Quilts of Valor and its volunteer {}staff have awarded over 100,000 quilts worldwide. Some go to military hospitals, some go to entire service units, and others are presented during a special event for one veteran. Each quilt gets a label and each veteran gets a certificate. War touched several members of Gail Moore's family.{} She joined the group after watching a presentation. "You can sit and sew, and that's just material," she said. "But when you give that to someone and{} you see how it affects them, it kind of changes your life." The presentation is designed to get veterans to open up about what they've seen and what they've done.{} After one presentation, a veteran approached Bass and Moore with a confession. It was a war story he carried inside since 1967. "We'll he told it.," Bass said. "And everybody was quiet. I won't tell what it is but he was afraid everybody was going to hate him. The quilt opened him up to say that because he knew everybody forgave him." With 22 veterans taking their lives every day, these women are hoping these quilts will ease the pain of those suffering and initiate a conversation with family and friends. "To open up a dialogue and let them talk about it," Bass said. "Let them know they've been forgiven and we're willing to hear. I've sat and cried with them, and held them through a lot of presentations."

If you know someone deserving of a quilt, or if you'd like to help with a donation, or if you'd like to help sew you can contact Debbie Bass by sending her an email -{} {}{}

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