Temple: Local veterans wrapped in hugs, quilts

Photo by Megan Vanselow

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Seventeen veterans who work at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System were wrapped in "a hug of America" as Quilts of Valor presented handmade quilts to deserving central Texas vets.

The ceremony was held at the Temple Veterans Affairs Wednesday afternoon but the veterans came from all over the region, representing all branches of the military.

“I remember my grandma had quilts and I just think it's great I will put it over a rocking chair and drape it over ourselves and so I wanted to bring along that memory with that and also to just be involved in something so awesome.” Army veteran, and quilt recipient, Daniella Maciekdesouza said.

Quilts of Valor aims to gather volunteers to wrap veterans with quilts to combat their despair and help them heal.

“It just feeds the soul.” Local group organizer Stacy Clady said, “it's so nice when you see them, they're so appreciative and sometimes the bigger the guy the more likely they are to shed a tear or two."

You can nominate any person involved in the military to receive a quilt by going to qovf.org.