ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – People in Missouri and Illinois are determined to make sure troops serving overseas are saluted and remembered. Every week wounded warriors are carried aboard military planes after treatment in Ramstein, Germany. They are flown home for more medical care. The injured are given quilts, quilts that mean so much to them. Sgt. Richard Kolberg injured both of his legs in Afghanistan. He was given a quilt, he said, “My grandmother, whenever I was growing up, made quilts so I know what type of efforts goes into this.”
Twice a month as many as 150 talented people gather together in Wentzville to sew, it’s called Quilts of Valor Eastern Missouri. Jean Jaeger is a member, “A quilt has always been something to give you comfort and I think this will give them comfort if they are wounded.” Member Jacqueline Heggemann added she enjoys sewing the quilts, “Contentment, knowing I’ve given back for what they’ve done for me.”
Kelly Nicks owns an O’Fallon Missouri fabric store; she’s busy meeting the needs of patriotic quilters. Nicks said, “I feel like weekly I get people coming into the store asking if there’s meeting going on or how they can get involved.”
Kevin Huffman is a quilter who put out a call on his web site for quilt blocks that he sews together to create a finished product. He was overwhelmed when he received more than 4000 blocks from across the country. Huffman said, “I even received blocks from the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.”
Many times troops do say thanks and that’s more than these people need to hear to fill their hearts with joy. Quilt maker Linda Shade said, “It’s very emotional it’s very emotional.”
Sgt. Kolberg said, “After the war effort died out it seems like most of patriotism died it makes a guy feel good, doing this nine years it makes a guy feel good somebody still cares.”
Even when the war ends the quilters will keep sewing for Vietnam veterans, troops who are finally getting a thank you that’s been a long time coming.