Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Quilts For Veterans

Rutland Herald
February 21, 2006

Fifty Iraq war veterans from around the state were presented with "Quilts of Valor" at a ceremony Monday night at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction.The quilts were made by nationwide volunteers taking part in the Quilts for Soldiers organization based in Silver Springs, Md.

VA Hospital director Gary De Gasta said the quilts were in part a response to the poor attention given to veterans of the Vietnam War."I hope we've turned that around," he said.

Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was scheduled to be guest speaker for the event, but had a scheduling conflict. Samuel Haskins, a Vietnam veteran and aide to Sanders, read a statement stressing the importance of adequately funding the VA to give veterans the help they deserve.

4 comments:

Catreona said...

Jessica, this is fabulous! Thanks sooooo much for posting about the event. This admin. in particular is absolutely shameful in how it turns its back on veterans. I'm sure all those who received quilts greatly appreciated them.

Bummer that bernie couldn't come, though.

listener said...

The Veterans are truly hurting.
And the very-nearly-Veterans are too.

My sister Patti (who served as a nurse in Kuwait and is now an Air Force Captain), tells me there are some specific items that a medical unit in Iraq serving wounded soldiers could use.

It might take a little of the strain out of this time to do something which is kind and useful, at least to add a little balance to the Universe.

If you would like to send something, here are the particulars, which come from Capt. Maureen A. McCann, Life Skills Nurse. Typical of a nurse, Maureen says, "Many of you are asking what you can send, do we need anything? Well, we don't, but our patients do."

She elaborates, saying: Many can't continue to wear the uniforms they come in with and do not have anything else. Here is a list of what we can use (many of you are connecting with your church or job, but even one set is great!).

Large size:
Sweat pants
long sleeve T-shirts
T-shirts
gym shorts (blue, black, gray only; they need to be conservative due to the area we are in)
mens underpants
small pillows (great for stuffing under or around the patient's injuries/casts to make them more comfortable for their long flight while they are on a litter.)

(We get tons of socks and toiletries.)

THANKS SO MUCH!


Mailing address for packages:

Capt Maureen McCann
332 AEW/CASF
APO AE 09315-9997

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