The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is “to cover all service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” And North Carolina quilters are active in the movement to honor veterans from our state. On March 14, 2014, three quilts will be presented to deserving servicemen at 9:30 a.m. just prior to the opening of the Vintage View Quilt Show, Kerr Scott Building Lobby, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh.
Quilts of Valor Recipients are:
Captain John Dill, U. S. Army, Raleigh – Served for five years and achieved rank of Captain. He served as an Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader with the 82nd Airborne Division deployed in Anbar Province, Iraq. Captain Dill was selected to serve with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and participated in two company deployments to Afghanistan also as a Platoon Leader. Captain Dill is a native of Raleigh and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill.
Chief Warrant Officer W2 Mike Dorman, U. S. Coast Guard, Fuquay-Varina – Mr. Dorman was born into a military family and served 20 years in the U. S. Coast Guard stationed with a unit fighting the War Against Drugs. He also served in Guam. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he was inspired in 2007 to found Military Missions in Action which assists veterans with physical or mental disabilities. The group raises funds to build ramps, remodel bathrooms for specific disabilities, repair veteran homes where the vet cannot, collects care packages to send overseas and distributes health and hygiene items to homeless veterans in the Triangle region. Among several awards, Mr. Dorman received the 2012 Citizens Award presented by President Obama.
Lt. Col. Sean Moser, North Carolina National Guard, Cary – Lieutenant Colonel Sean Moser retired from Active Service in the US Army and the North Carolina National Guard in February, 2014 after serving for more than 26 years. Lt. Col. Moser served two tours in Iraq. During his first tour in December 2003- January 2005 he was a Company Commander of a Combined Arms Team, Bravo Company, 252nd Armor 1st Infantry Division along the Iran and Iraq border. His Company was responsible for securing the Old Silk Road, the only official border crossing for more than 100 miles. During his second tour in 2009 he was the Brigade Counter Insurgency advisor and Civil Military officer for the 30th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in southern Baghdad, which included the “land of Two Rivers” covering both the Tigress and Euphrates Rivers. Sean has served as both an NCO and an Officer. He lives in Cary, NC with his wife of 23 years and two boys.
“The recipients have usually served in active war torn countries and we are grateful to them,” said Sandra Holland who chairs the North Carolina Chapter of QOVF and knows the sacrifices required by service members and their families. “My husband, Donald, served in Viet Nam and I know how appreciative he is of his Quilt of Valor,” added Holland.
The Quilts of Valor movement was started by Blue Star mom, Catherine Roberts, in her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they serve. Today, QOV is a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our wounded warriors and veterans. In North Carolina Quilt Guilds, there are groups of quilters making QOV to be distributed wherever they need to go.
“Capital Quilters Guild and Carolina Longarm Association were asked by QOV to make this presentation in North Carolina, yet the quilts given to these men were made by women in South Carolina and quilted by women in Virginia,” said Deirdre Jersey, one of the show committee members. “QOV tries to match soldiers and quilts at every opportunity at quilt shows and at VA hospitals. It’s the quilting community’s way of saying ‘thank you,’ for their service,” added Jersey.
For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation program and how you might help make or fund a quilt, visit www.qovf.org
For more media information about this presentation, contact Deirdre Jersey, 919-815-7317.