Four Ho-Chunk Veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor last month. These Veterans included: Susie Coffey (U.S Navy); Gary Funmaker (U.S Navy); Kim Whitegull (U.S Marine Corps); and Jeff Harrison (U.S Marine Corps).
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 foundation started in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, and has spread across the United States and even has an international presence.
A Quilt of Valor is an award to those who have been touched by war. Quilts of Valor are to reflect the best possible workmanship and use of quality materials consistent with the Foundation’s core value of promoting excellence.
A Quilt of Valor is a Lifetime Award. A quilt is not a blanket. A blanket is a single layer of fabric.
A quilt consists of three layers. The top of the quilt consists of many pieces, colors, shapes and sizes which represent the many faces of all who serve in the Armed Forces.
The center of the quilt contains the batting, the part of the quilt that contains warmth. Held between the layers it represents the comfort and healing offered.
The back of the quilt is its strength. Together with thousands of stitches they represent people, families, and communities.