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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Quilting Guild Makes Memorable Donation to Houston VA

June 6, 2008

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) recently received a heartfelt donation of 47 quilts from the Gulf Coast Quilter’s Guild of Alvin, Texas.

The quilts were specifically designated by the group for our nation's newest veterans, the men and women who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq (OIF), who are receiving treatment in the Mental Health Care Line and the Polytrauma Program at the MEDVAMC.

“These ‘Quilts of Valor’ were made in hopes that a tangible source of comfort could help with the healing process following combat,” said Gulf Coast Quilter’s Guild Project Coordinator Verla Perry.

The Guild’s members, ranging in age from grade school to 93 years old, made all 47 quilts in less than 5 months. The youngest member, with a little help, made a small quilt in honor of her father’s service in Iraq.

Each quilt contains a note that says, “You cared enough to serve, and we are grateful to you and proud of you. As sisters, mothers, aunts, and grandmothers…it is our honor to give you this quilt.”  
           
“We are extremely grateful for community organizations like the Gulf Coast Quilter’s Guild. Members of these groups are committed to reaching out and assisting the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said MEDVAMC Director Edgar L. Tucker.

For information on donation or volunteer opportunities at the MEDVAMC, contact the MEDVAMC Volunteer Office at (713) 794-7135 or email vhahouvolunteer@med.va.gov.

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