Letters

Some of the letters and e-mails we’ve received (please note that we wish to honor the privacy of our brave service men and women so we do not show pictures of our quilt recipients). . .

  • “Dearest American Hero Quilt Ladies:  Thank you!!!  My husband was presented one of your “precious quilts” this month by a hospice worker named ___.  She formally presented it on behalf of  all of you who appreciate the sacrifices made by my husband during his two tours in Viet Nam and his 21 years of military service to our country and her people.  My husband, who is near death from many cancers, was deeply touched by your kindness–as am I!!  We thank you!  May God bless you for your labor of love to his children.  With deeply felt thanks.”
  • “My name is _____________and I’m currently serving at Joint Base Lewis McCord in Washington.  I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.  I am currently going through the medical separation process due to injury I have sustained from combat.  I was given a quilt from your organization from the SFL-TAP center located near the WTU.  I would like to thank you and the many volunteers and workers of your organization.  The quilt is amazing and very patriotic, not to mention how warm it is.  It’s amazing to see how much your organization loves and appreciates veterans.  Once again, thank you so much for everything your amazing organization has done and will continue to do.  From the bottom of my heart I’m thankful for the gift.  Please thank the hard workers and volunteers and tell them job well done.  Your organization is the reason I feel proud to say I have served and protected these great United States of America.  American Hero Quilts you are the true American hero.  Thank you again.  I will always have this quilt with me.”
  • “My name is _________ and I recently returned from deployment in October (just in time for my 1st child’s birth) and today at our tree lighting ceremony here at Naval Hospital Bremerton, my colleagues and I received your beautiful quilts as part of our welcome home celebration.  Everything from the fabric, design and patterns displayed in each quilt was nothing short of amazing and awe inspiring!  From my family to your’s, Merry Christmas and may you all be blessed this holiday season.  Take care and again thank you for the wonderful quilts you made.”
  • “My name is _______ and I am the Chief Nurse of a busy Aeromedical Evacuation unit in Afghanistan.  We have your quilts in our warehouse and proud to take them out on every mission.  I was  sent  out on a mission, for NATO troops evacuation.  The flight was cold and I gave one of  your quilts to one of  the NATO troops.  With broken English, he stated. . .”It’s too nice. .  .no” and pushed it away.  One of the  other NATO troops  spoke better English  and told him that is  was made “by mothers in America for soldiers”  and he smiled and wrapped  himself in it.  During the flight he was looking at the  colors of  the  quilt and  tracing the  embroidery with his fingertips.  At  first  it worried me.  .  .then it  dawned on me…this probably calmed him  and he  was  probably thinking  of  his  family tracing  the outlines.  At  the end of the flight, the NATO troop folded  the blanket  with  great care and placed it on the seat.  I  told him, “You can take the quilt.  .  .it was made for you. . .”  Again, English  being  bad, it  was  translated. . .he stammered “It’s too perfect for me. . .”  The translator stated it  again, and the troop stated “God  bless  you and the maker.”  He rolled the quilt up and  exited  the  plane.  So. .  .American Hero Quilt makers. .  .thank you. .  .for making  his flight  a little better and my heart a little lighter that day.  My utmost respect, HOOAH!”
  • “We just received eight boxes of beautiful quilts yesterday.  Thank you so much!  We put these quilts in our blanket packs and give them to patients we transport.  Patients make it to their final destination with their very own Hero Blanket.  They love them!  We  really do appreciate your kindness and generosity.  You are very special people!  Thanks again!”
  • “Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt.  On my own behalf and on behalf of all my family members, friends and neighbors who served alongside of me during the Vietnam war our heartfelt thanks for remembering us.  It has  been almost fifty years since I returned home  from Vietnam and last year I was deemed 90% disabled from my service.  The quilt is on my bed and provides me with a warmth, comfort and peace that I have not known for so long.”
  • “My name is SFC _______ and I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful quilt that I received from the WTU at JBLM on your behalf.  It’s people  like you that make this great nation worth defending!”
  • “Thank you so, so much for  your beautiful, considerate, creative donation!  I received one of your beautiful quilts yesterday.  After a nearly 3-week process  of being air evac’d from Korea,  I was completely floored and moved by such an incredible item being given to me.  I  am simply overwhelmed by your kindness.  My mother is a quilter, so I understand the kind of time, patience and energy that went into this.  Thank you  so much, from  the bottom of my heart!”
  • “I  was wounded July 2nd 2013 in Kabul Afghanistan.  I was sent  to Landstuhl Germany.  While there my wife and I received one of  your beautiful quilts.  Since we’re  now  back stateside, we wanted to email you and thank you for this wonderful and caring gift.  Reminded me of my grandmother who used to make quilts and it made  me feel  like home when I received yours.”
  • “Thank you so much for  the beautiful American hero quilt that our father received while at Hospice House.  He was a very proud American and it would have  meant so much to him as it did to us.”
  • “Thank you for the awesome quilts. . .I forgot to pack a blanket and yours are so much softer than the military issued ones.  We also use some of the blankets for our patients on flights out of Afghanistan.  They enjoy them and love the feeling of “home warmth.”  Thank you for your dedication and support.”
  • “I recently received a quilt from your organization and wanted to extend an incredible thank you for the hard work, time, and effort that was put into my quilt.  .  .After a very long plane ride, a difficult and busy first week, I received a quilt and was blown away by the generosity.  I cannot express enough thanks, for the quilt brightens up my room, and is comforting.”
  • “Thank you so very much for sending us such lovely quilts.  They are very pretty and its nice to know people are thinking of us.  Its always nice to hear from friends and family at home.  Thank you for the encouragement and support.  We are proud to serve our country but most of all the people.  Praying that God blesses each of you.”
  • “Good afternoon.  I recently came home from my overseas deployment due to a knee injury.  While I was here at the WTB on Ft. Lewis, I received a beautiful and comfortable quilt.  I was told the story about how these quilts came about.  I just wanted to say thank you very much for a such a thoughtful and beautiful quilt.”
  • “I just wanted to say “thank you” to everyone involved in the creation of this BEAUTIFUL quilt.  Moving here from Arizona in late November was quite a “cold shock”.  This wonderful piece of art will help warm my body as well as it has my heart.  Thank you again, so much.”
  • “My name is CSM _______ and I am a recipient of one of your quilts while attached to the WTB at JBLM.  I want to thank you for your dedicated service to us service members by donating such beautiful and well made quilts; the quality is unbelievable!  I hope you know that what you do and contribute does not go unrecognized.  God Bless!”
  • “I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the beautiful quilt I received today when I inprocessed the WTB at JBLM.  I will truly treasure such a wonderful gift and am so thankful that there are still people in this world who are touched by our sacrifice.  It is not easy being a Wounded Warrior and the struggle takes a great deal out of me everyday but upon seeing the beauty, time and effort that went into this gift, I was renewed in my spirit to keep going.  It is something I will always treasure and I hope one day to learn to do this myself so I too may give back.  Thank you.”
  • “We were fortunate enough to receive one of your beautiful quilts for our brother who is being treated for pancreatic cancer.  He has enjoyed the quilt very much and proudly tells his visitors how nicely it is made.  Thank you so much for the thoughtfulness.”
  • “I recently became part of Wounded Warriors.   (I’m getting medically discharged from the Coast Guard for PTSD.)  I got taken into a little room filled with quilts and they let me choose one.  I picked out the one I have because the entire back side of it is purple and covered in planets and stars.  I love space and it looks pretty magical.  Also, maybe a bit like a garish 90’s sweater. . .but in a good way.  I curl up in this quilt (space side up) every morning now while I drink my tea and read.  I love it and when the nights got a little colder I laid it on my bed for extra warmth.  After all the lights were turned off, I found out the quilt’s planets GLOW IN THE DARK!  Thank you so much for the quilt and for all the others as well.  I really appreciate it and it’s brought some good vibes into my life.  THANK YOU!
  • “I just wanted to take the time to send a heartfelt thank you for the quilts that you provide to the service members of our nation.  The craftsmanship and work that go into each of the quilts is much appreciated and evident in their quality.  The red, white, and blue of the quilt that I have is a reminder of the nation and its people that we are sworn to protect.  Without the continued support of people like you, I am afraid we may be forgotten.  Keep up the fantastic work and thank you once again.”
  • “Thank you for the quilt.  It’s very thoughtful of you all.  It will be my comfort and will reside on my chair.”
  • “I just left my quilt at Ben Franklin today for them to send it with the ones they will send to your group to finish.  I want to send you a donation to cover batting and backing.  This is such a wonderful project and I enjoy participating in it.  When I am sewing I always pray that every stitch  will let the recipient feel healing and hope.  God bless your efforts to let our heroes know we love them and are thankful for their service.”
  • “I would like to say THANK YOU for the quilt and all the hard work you put into making the quilts. . .”
  • “Thank you for the beautiful quilt.  It was such a comfort to him.  He was so excited to show it to me when he came home!  I wanted you to know your loving work is appreciated.  God bless you all.  *Beautiful Work*”
  • “To be thought of by someone I’ve never met–in such a caring beautiful way.  I thank you.  May you always have balance and good things in your life!”
  • “Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.  The quilt is so beautiful–reminds me of the ones my grandma used to make.  I wasn’t given one.  It is so precious to me.  Thanks.”
  • “I received one of your quilts and I wanted to thank you for your great work and donation to the military.  I can imagine how much time was spent sewing each quilt.  I am currently an Air Force Flight Nurse serving in Afghanistan.  I serve as a part of the Aeromedical Evacuation squadron and our mission is to provide medical transport to injured and sick soldiers throughout Afghanistan.  We provide transportation to higher level of medical care we soldiers can get the healthcare they need to get better.  The mission here has been exciting because every day is different and we never know what type of patients we are going to transport.  We hand out your quilts to the injured soldiers on our missions and they are very appreciative.  Your generous support and contribution truly makes a difference here.”
  • “Thank you so much for the wonderful quilt.  As a quilter myself, I recognize the care and work you have dedicated and given to us.  I thank you so much, because I have made many, but never received one before.  And thank you for recognizing my service.  I am a disabled Vietnam era veteran.  Sometimes I feel I served in the forgotten conflict and it’s nice to be remembered.  Thank you!”
  • “Thank you so very much for all you have done, are doing, and, I expect, will continue to do.  The quilt is beautiful!  I cherish the quilt.”
  • “Amazing!  I have never felt so much gratitude for a blanket.  Thank you so much!”
  • “Thank you for the gift of the quilt and for the recognition of my service.  It is a welcome addition to my home.”
  • “It is always encouraging to get the support from the local community.  I appreciate what you do.  What may seem not much actually feels a great deal.  I loved the quilt.  The time and effort put in it shows.  I am practicing making one.  Again, thank you.”
  • “Thank you for the lovely quilt.  The craftsmanship is supurb and the care taken when created. This will be treasured.”
  • “I want to thank you for a wonderful gift.  The quilt is not only gorgeous but it is also filled with a special type of patriotism and warmth!”
  • “Thank you so much for your generous donation of these beautiful quilts.  I have had the pleasure so far to provide quilts to 30 Veterans at Federal Way Vet Center.  My colleagues have been offering quilts to their clients as well.  Most of our clients are combat Veterans and have the “invisible wounds” related to this.  I also work a lot with Veterans who were sexually assaulted in the military, and it has also been very meaningful to present them with these quilts. . .I think this was very meaningful for these Veterans to be recognized for their service and to receive a “warm hug” from the community.”
  • “While stationed in Afghanistan in 2013 I was given one of your BEAUTIFUL quilts at Craig Joint Hospital.  I tried to write an email at the time but believe it or not, your website was blocked by the military internet server.  Upon my return home I forgot to write a letter and just now upon looking at the quilt realized the tardiness of my thank you.  Please know how much I enjoyed it while there and how much it means to me and ALL service members to know that kind folks back home are doing such an amazing act of love for us.  Thank you.”
  • “I want to thank you for the beautiful quilt you made for my son ____, he couldn’t respond, but I know he could hear what the ladies said. . .I know families of our veterans appreciate some one besides the family cares.”
  • “Thank you so much for the wonderful and amazing quilt.  The joy it will bring to our patients as they journey back home.  They are so grateful for everything.  The work and detail that was put into the quilts amazes me!  The smiles and joy brought to everyone’s face was beyond words.  Thank you!”
  • “Thank you for the quilts.  We were able to distribute them to the hospital to be given to our wounded warriors as well as some of the military deployed here in Afghanistan.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness.”
  • “I received the beautiful quilt you sent and am so grateful — and humbled. . .I want to say “Thank You” and to acknowledge the incredible work you and your organization are doing.  The quilt was a generous, unexpected gift. . .”
  • “I am the Superintendent of the Aeromedical Operations here at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. (For this rotation of troops.)  We wanted to say thank you and express our sincerest appreciation for the quilts we just received from your organization.  I’ve been out and about at several deployed locations, during numerous locations, and have seen your handiwork on many of our patients.  Fortunately, we aren’t as busy as in past years, but are still moving warriors out of theater.  So your blankets, as always, will go to good homes.  . .Thank you again for all of the time, effort, and thoughtfulness that your group puts into the quilts.  I can tell you they are a treasured item out here.”
  • “My name is ____.  I am the mother of S.Sgt._____, a patient here at Madigan Hospital, Ft. Lewis.  May I extend to you a very warm and grateful expression of thanks for the lovely quilt we have been presented with.  It will remain in our family as a tribute to my son’s service to his country.  What a wonderful thing you are doing!”
  • “I would like to thank you all for your continued support and prayers to all of our military services members.  I would also like to thank you for the quilts you have provided for us at WTB, JBLM.  I am humble and grateful for your generous gift.  I will treasure this quilt, because it was made and donated from the heart.”
  • “My son was injured in Afghanistan last year.  He has had a long and arduous road toward recovery.  From the time they sent him to Germany he has had his American Hero Quilt with him.  He is now here in Washington state at the WTB at Fort Lewis.  He has his beautiful quilt with him.  It looks as wonderful today, after many washings as it did when it was first given to him.  It is inspiring to see the lovely quilts here and the beautiful, beautiful quilts I see here at the WTB.  It would appear that each of the quilts are different and so beautifully rendered.  I cannot begin to thank you for the honor and love you have bestowed up on our son.  He sure does love his quilt.  I hope you would also like to let you know we all have had the opportunity to cuddle under the quilt with our son.  It has brought comfort to ____, his girlfriend and our family. . .”
  • “I really wanted to thank you.  What you do for the veterans is special.  I know this from first hand experience.  While I was on active duty and working at MAMC I had to be sent to the psychiatric unit. . .as a patient.  I suffer from PTSD and depression.  I am mentioning this because it was hard enough just to deal with that fact; however, you made it a little easier for me.  Someone actually brought down quilts to the unit.  I was one of the recipients.  I was initially shocked that anyone bothered to come down there because more often than not, soldiers without visible wounds from war are overlooked.  My shock quickly changed to a mix of relief and happiness.  For the first time since returning home from Iraq, I felt like I hadn’t been forgotten. . .”
  • “I did my last tour of duty as a nurse in a field hospital in Afghanistan.  Often as we would load our patients for transport and put American Hero Quilts on them I would think about you.  I would include you in my prayers at night and wonder if you realized the impact of your gift to our brave men and women.  Instead of an itchy wool military blanket, our wounded got beautiful quilts with a label letting them know that you know they are heroes.  I would imagine you at home getting together in groups picking out patterns, thinking about our service people and stitch by stitch putting love into a quilt that we wrap around them,  I can remember thinking that you all are amazing and that I would write to you when I got home.  Imagine my surprise to wake up in a plane headed for Germany wrapped in one of your creations.  I have no recall of the explosion in which I was injured.  I also do not have any memory of being stabilized in the hospital in Afghanistan.  My first memory is waking up hurt but warm and looking around to see a sea of red, white and blue quilts.  First I have to tell you that these quilts mean much more than I thought they did.  I will treasure my quilt forever.  Having spent so much time wrapped up in it I can tell you that I think I know each and every one of you.  I know the woman or women who must have spent hours cutting up little squares to make this quilt.  Every square is perfect.  I know the women who picked out the perfect country colors to make this quilt so lovely to look at.  I know the women who sewed all of these squares together with each one matching perfectly.  I know the women who sewed the eagle on top with such tiny little stitches as well as the quilter and person who put the edges on to seal it.  I know this quilt so well because I have run my hands over it more times than I can count.  I know all of you because you are all angels.  I do not have an adquate way to express my gratitude to you.  I am not articulate enough to express what it means to all of us or the lump I get in my throat when I think of how generous and giving you all are.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My parents wanted to send you a picture of me with my quilt.  I am afraid I do not look very presentable right now.  I will send you a picture after I have more reconstructive surgery and get my new eye.”
  • “I would like to say thank you for the quilt, it was so pretty and warm.  It means alot to me. . .”
  • “I just wanted to drop a little note to tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity in giving my son ____ the gift of a wonderful homemade quilt.  It is beautiful!  Many thanks for all your hard work and dedication.”
  • “My name is ____.  My husband ____ is the commander of ____________.  Last friday we had the privilege of presenting five of your beautiful quilts to the widow and children of ___, who had been killed while serving in Afghanistan last month.  His widow, ____, was so touched that people who had never met ____ would be so kind to do something like that.  It truly meant alot to her.  It also means alot to us and I just wanted you to know that what you’re doing is making a difference both to those who receive the quilts and those of us who are now aware of what you’re doing.  Thank you for caring and offering some combfort to those who are grieving. . .”
  • “I wanted to truly thank you for the beautiful quilt that you gave to my fiance at Madigan.  He was admitted with an injured knee and infection that spread down his leg.  He was hurt, alone, and 2600 miles from home. . .thank you for all that you do and for being there when families can’t be.”
  • “Thank you so much for the quilt my son ___ received while at Madigan Hospital.  It is just beautiful!!  I’m a seamstress too so I know how much work went into it–we will always treasure it.  Please know that the quilts you make really tough lives and are so appreciated.”
  • “I want to thank you for the quilt.  It’s a great honor to receive a gift for my service in Viet Nam. . .The 1968 Tet Offensive may seem like it was a long time ago but it is still very clear in my mind and it seems like it was yesterday.  I often think about being shot and medevac’d out of country and the things that happened.  I still think about Viet Nam but now the first thought that comes to my mind is the quilt and all the work that went into it.  I just want to thank American Hero Quilts and let you know that all your hard work and beautiful talents are greatly appreciated.”
  • “Thank you so much for the quilt.  I know how much work and love goes into one of these and I want to make sure you know how much it means to me and my family.  The patriotism you and your organization show, is what makes this country great.  Thank you for your support.”
  • “I recently had jaw surgery at Madigan Hospital and was fortunate enough to get one of your great quilts. . .You are making a difference and I appreciate the generous gift.  .  .Thank you so much, you lifted my family’s and my spirit.”
  • “I was completely ovewhelmed that I would get a quilt.  It makes me even more proud that I had the opportunity to serve my country.  God Bless the USA.”
  • “I cannot begin to express the level of sincere appreciation for your staff at American Hero Quilts for their work with wounded warriors.  Our surgical floor at Madigan Army Medical Center serves wounded soldiers returning from war.  Often, beneath a layer of courage, they are in pain and lonely.  Our nurses and medics work to relieve those feelings but the hospital is not home or family.  There is that one niche we cannot fill.  However, you have stepped forward and regularly cover this niche with crafted care.  Your hand sewn quilts frequently warm the soul of those in need. . .I see these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines keep your quilts close to their hearts.  You make a difference in someone’s life with each quilt you create. . .”
  • “I served from Feb. 1968 – Feb 1970.  I was in Germany for 11 months and Viet Nam for the year of 1969.  For the things I did in Viet Nam, I received the Bronze Star.  This quilt makes me prouder than any number of medals I could have received.  Thank you so much.  I will smile every time I sleep under it.”
  • “. . . As I told you there is not one part of ___ which is not injured in some way.  We did not recognize him at all!  We found when we got here that ____ and many in his humvee were injured by an IED and then sniper fire. . .Imagine my shock when they ushered us into ___’s room and there he was covered in the most beautiful red, white and blue quilt.  When we read the label we wepted.  They told us that he was covered with the quilt as he was airlifted out of Bagram. . .I have to say that as we have walked the halls we have seen a sea of red, white and blue quilts on such injured young men.  There really are no words to describe how it feels to see that people took the extraordinary care and love to make sure our son, and so many others were warm and to let them know you think they are heroes. . .Perhaps we will have the blessing of bringing our ___ to meet the lovely people who have wrapped him in warmth and love.”
  • “My name is ____.  Last week at the Warrior Tranasition Battalion you presented my son with a hero quilt.  I am writing to tell you about my son and that quilt.  My son did not want to come and get a quilt.  His Sgt. said they had to make it an order that he come down to the common room.  He was one of the last to receive a quilt as you were packing up.  Perhaps you remember him, he is the very quiet man with the haunted eyes.  On Friday he had rather extensive surgery with several bone grafts and skin grafts.  My husband and I were stunned when he appeared at the hospital with his quilt.  He has not shown an interest in anything or anyone since he was injured.  The last thing he asked before they wheeled him away was that we keep his quilt with us and make sure nothing happened to it.  When he woke up his first words to us were not how glad he was to see us, it was “do you have my quilt?”  He asked that it was immediately put on him, he said that he was cold.  I have been thinking a lot about that quilt and my son.  We thought we had lost him emotionally and we despaired of ever getting him back.  He was not connecting with anyone in our family, not even his nephew who he has adored since our little guy was born.  This quilt seems to give him confort, warmth and is the first sign that maybe our son will come back to us.  This quilt is clearly something that you spent a great deal of time on.  I just wanted to let you know that to us, this quilt is hope and to our son it is priceless.  Thank you so much for the honor you have done to my son.  From our family, thank you for helping bring our son back to us.”
  • “My name is ____.  I was so proud to receive my quilt today.  It is very beautiful.  I feel very honored and very happy to receive it.  I called my sister and she was pleased.  She is my only living family.  I have over the years worn out two quilts.  I use them like a child uses a blanket for comfort and security.  I rub the quilt between the thumb and first two fingers for comfort at night and to help me fall asleep.  Without my quilt at night my terror dreams and plain old night mares are much worse.  Again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.”
  • “Thank you for honoring me with an American Hero Quilt.”
  • “We just want to let you know how much we appreciate the quilt that was sent to my husband, ____.  ____ was just 17 when he joined the Navy during the Korean War and he was on a small ship in the Pacific that participated in Operation Castle.  Operation Castle was atomic bomb testing.  I’m sure this contributed to his many health problems.  I know how long it takes to make a beautiful quilt like the one ___  received and how many of you gave of your time to get it done.  It will be a family treasure.”
  • “My name is _____ and I am a Medical Service Corp officer who served with the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.  While I was there, I had the honor of coordinating the Quilt program for all AE patients coming through Bagram.  I wanted to send you my sincerest appreciation and admiration for the program you run–the work that is put into the quilts is absolutely amazing and means the world to our wounded warriors.”
  • “Thank you very much for your generousity and hard work.  I aprreciate my blanket very much.  God Bless you all.”
  • “We are astounded by your generosity.  Thank you again for the “hugs” you give every day to complete strangers.”
  • “On behalf of my husband, _____, many, many heartfelt thank-yous for the beautiful quilt presented to him a few days ago.  It truly was an honor for him to receive it.”
  • “I wanted to give you an update since it’s been a while since our Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron last corresponded with you.  You continue to provide these men and women the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen.  What a wonderful way to wrap them up with warmth and love from your group!. . .I want to say thank you for taking so much time from your daily lives to bring warmth and love to others.  On behalf of the men and women of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, please accept our continued sincerest appreciation and heartfelt admiration to you for your outstanding contribution to our Wounded Warriors!”
  • “My husband, ____, received the beautiful quilt from your group via Tucson Medical Center Hospice. . .The quilt is not only treasured by ____ but will be treasured for generations.  Many thanks for honoring old Vets as well as young ones for all your time, skills, and money”
  • “Thank you so much for honoring me with the fantastic quilt!!  It’s beautiful!!  I can only imagine how much time it took to sew and I see a high degree of craftsmanship in the work.  I will treasure it always!”
  • “I am the mother of a wounded Marine.  His name is ______, who was deployed to Afghanistan in June, 2012, only to get injured August 1, 2012.  Upon arriving at his room at the Balboa Naval Medical Center, I was so overwhelmed by the showering of gifts of appreciation from all of the different groups out there supporting our troops. . .”
  • “Our son was critically injured in Afghanistan in September.  We spent those first three days just praying that he would live, praying that he would make it to Walter Reed.  He did and when we walked into his room at the hospital late on that third night, he was wrapped in your quilt.  We were told that the quilt had come with him from Germany.  Even now I cry thinking about the love and caring the quilt represents, from someone we will never know, to a soldier that will never know, keeping him warm on that long cold plane flight, a beautiful statement of support from “home”.  The quilt itself is extraordinary.  The colors and patterns are beautiful, many squares are patriotic, but some are homey, some bold, some almost whimiscal.  The quilting and workmanship are superb.  He has it daily.  I imagine the quilt and its story will be passed along for generations.  Thank you.”
  • “Tomorrow we will move our son from Madigan Army Medical Hospital to a rehabilitation center.  As our son is loaded into the ambulance we will know he is warm and comfortable under his red, white and blue quilt.  This quilt was given to him the day he checked into the hospital and has gone everywhere with him.  We think it is his touch stone as he does not want to leave it behind when he goes for tests or procedures.  We wonder if you could have possibly known when you made this quilt that you would be hugging and helping to heal a very broken young man.  Could you have known that we can feel the love and prayers you put in this quilt and your wishes for his recovery?  Do you know how you have transformed hospital rooms into bright cheerful places that feel more like home than a hospital?  We marvel as we walk the halls to see the bright colored quilts so lovingly wrapped around our very own heroes.  Our sons and daughters thank you.  We thank you for acknowledging our children and the sacrifices they have made.  There is a very special place in heaven for each and every one of you.  We will never forget you and are so very grateful for your wonderful gift to our youngest son.”
  • “Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt that was given to me from the Warrior Transition BN.  I was thrilled when they brought out the amazing colorful quilts and allowed us each to have one.  It is so wonderful and special and gives my room a comfortable and “homey” type feel.  I am very blessed to have such wonderful support and would like for you to know that you have given so much to me with the gift of the quilt. . .”
  • “I’m so grateful for the absolutely gorgeous quilt and for your showing of appreciation.  . .Nobody has ever done anything as wonderful as this for me. . .Our world could use so many more people just like you.”
  • “Thank you so much for the beautiful “American Hero” quilt you sent to my hubby ____.  He was so touched that he cried.”
  • “Thank you so much for all your hard work and the beautiful quilts you’ve blessed myself and the many, many other soldiers with.”
  • “We were so touched to receive the beautiful quilt you made in behalf of our son.  It is a keepsake that we will hold near and dear.  Our son’s moral was boosted at your thoughtfulness.”
  • “I am a reservist currently serving in Iraq.  Tonight, as I helped load wounded warriors onto the plane that would taken them to Germany, I saw the flight crew handing out beautiful quilts to the patients.  There were so beautiful, and the recipients were very appreciative. . .I am a quilter and can truly appreciate the effort that goes into each quilt.  May you know you and your team are touching our “American Heroes”.
  • “Along with hospice team members, I had the honor of participating in the transfer of your beautiful works of art to the amazing individuals that served our country.  I can’t begin to tell you how touching it was to see these people with terminal illnessses enjoy the recognition of such a beautiful gift. . .I truly believe that you would have been proud.”
  • “. . .This quilt has kept me warm but it has also brought a bunch of comfort to me.  My family hasn’t been able to spend as much time with me as I wanted.  My quilt has given comfort and as your web site says, lots of hugs.  I am embarrassed to tell you how much I have cried into this quilt.  I needed it though.”
  • “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.  I received one of your quilts last week and absolutely love it.  It really brightens my day every time I enter my room.  Thank you for all of your hard work and taking the time to recognize troops both here and abroad.  It is really a great thing you are doing at American Hero Quilts.”
  • “Saying thank you just doesn’t seem enough.  I want you to know that we all appreciate your hard work and dedication to our service people.  You are all appreciated.”
  • “I am a wounded soldier who received one of your quilts.  It meant the world to me when I arrived at Madigan wounded from combat.  My family was very thankful we have Americans who care what happens to us all.”
  • “My husband was injured in Afghanistan. . .we are at Madigan Hospital at Ft. Lewis where he has been undergoing several surgeries.  He was presented this morning with one of your beautiful quilts.  Words could NEVER express the love and appreciation we feel.  As his wife, it has been hard being a single parent while he has been deployed.  I cried when we received this quilt today.  It was from someone that we will never meet, but the message it conveyed to us will never be forgotten.  This quilt will be one of our most treasured possessions.  Thank you for giving us a piece of love and comfort during this difficult time in our lives.  We are grateful more than you could ever know.”
  • We both held the quilt and ran our hands over the patterns and delicate stichings you spent hours to creaate.  The hug and the love you sent with the quilt were dearly felt and it will be cherished.”
  • “I am one of the injured troops from Iraq.  Thank you for everything you do and we the United States Soldiers really appreciate it all.  To feel the love from our fellow Americans brings so much joy knowing that somebody cares.  Once again, thank you and God Bless.”
  • “The soldiers from 2nd Platoon A Company would like to thank you and all those for the quilts.  The quilts are beautiful, thank you.”
  • “I want to thank you for the beautiful quilt.  There are so many beautiful ones its was hard to choose.  Again, thank you very much.”
  • “. . .I have no family here and when I came they gave me a quilt.  My wife and I still can’t believe that people would get together and make something so beautiful for someone they don’t even know.  God Bless you all.  Thank you.”
  • “. . .our son was injured in a fire fight in Fallujah.  When he arrived at Madigan they gave him a quilt, he treasured that quilt.  We are sorry to say that he did not survive.  I am writing to tell you that he wished to be buried with his quilt and we honored his request.  Thank you for the love you put in the quilt and the fact that you did all that work for a stranger.  We were all so touched.”
  • “A couple of weeks ago I was to receive my Purple Heart.  Before they gave it to me they gave me a blanket made by you.  I thought that was the best show of thanks and appreciation a person could do. . .It means a lot to me to know that someone is willing to show their support to our troops in a way that is so personal and caring.  It will be a treasure me and my family to cherish for the rest of our lives.  Thank you again and God Bless you.”
  • “Thank you so much for the quilt.  While I appreciate the warmth it offers I could simply have bought a quilt to meet that need.  But, more importantly, it’s knowing of the love that went into making this quilt that mades it so special to me.  I can never use it (and it is used every day) without thinking how someone took the time to create this for me.  From my heart to yours, thank you.”
  • “To the quilt makers, my son got one of your beautiful quilts.  Our family can not believe all the hard work and love you put into this beautiful, happy quilt.  Please know that what you are doing makes an enormous difference.  We will never forget your generousity.”
  • “I was injured by an IED May 15, 2005 and one of the enduring things I remember and still have today was a quilt I received.  Thank you for giving your time and being so very thoughtful.  It means a lot to the marines, sailors and soldiers!  Thank you so much.”
  • . . .Thank you so much for your gift of quilts for our wounded soldiers. . . .my brother was shot and seriously injured at Balad Air Base.  He was sent to Germany then to Walter Reed and then on to Madigan here in WA state.  Within minutes of arriving in the ER he was given a quilt.  I knew there were quilters across the country who were making quilts for soldiers but I didn’t realize the impact that they had on the soldiers or their families. . .Thank you.”
  • “A copy of your card was given to me by the soldier who in-processed the injured soldiers into Madigan.  One of our soldiers flew in on Christmas morning.  He was wounded in an IED explosion in Iraq while serving with Charlie Co/I-5SINF.  His arrival on that day came as a bit of shock because we weren’t expecting him for a number of days.  We scrambled together what goodies we could.  Unfortunately it was just us there to greet him (his family couldn’t make it for a couple of days).  His face absolutely lit up when we gave him the quilt you made.  He was deeple touched as were we.  Thank you so much for taking the time and effort your beautifully designed quilt made for a wonderful holiday surprise.”
  • “Thank you for my beautiful quilt.  I do not think I am a hero but it sure is nice how much brighter my room is with it.  I am told I will get to take it home with me when I am discharged.  I can’t find words to explain how it makes me feel.”
  • “To the makers of my beautiful blanket: Thank you so much for the time, effort and thoughtfulness that you put into this beautiful quilt.  I will treasure it always.”
  • “. . .Thank you for the beautiful quilt which apparently many people together made just for him.  He is still in a coma but that quilt covers him all  the time and we make sure that the label telling him he is a hero is always showing.  It helps us remember that our brave young son made such a sacrifice because he believed in our great nation.”
  • “. . .I have seen blankets that I thought were pretty but this is really pretty.  I will keep it so everyone knows how special it is.  I think it would be best to frame it, don’t you?  Thank you for what you have done.  You made me feel like Americans really care what we are doing”
  • “. . .To have a complete stranger show such an extreme act of kindness gives me the hope and that it is going to be OK. . . .Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for what you are doing for the injured soldiers.”
  • “I am a nurse case manager at Madigan Hospital. . .I directly see and care for these soldiers you are generously helping.  Last week, I went to the Red Cross office at MAMC. . .and they suggested I drop by the public affairs office to see the quilts.  I was amazed at the beauty of these quilts!  Each is unique and each was made with loving hands and from someone in your group who is reaching out to help a soldier.  Saying Thank You just doesn’t seem enough.  I want you to know that we all appreciate your hard work and dedication to our heroes.  They love receiving your gift.  You are all appreciated.”