Posted by: sandra | November 11, 2010

Veteran’s Day

Thank a veteran today, for their service and sacrifice!

Today was part two of the Quilts of Valor news special.  What a great highlight of events and people in the Tidewater area.  Airing on Veteran’s Day couldn’t have been more perfect.  The link below will lead you to the news clip.  Check it out!

The young man who was highlighted in the segment is Jonathan Bartlett of Nrfolk, here are some details of his story.

Corporal Jonathan Bartlett, U.S. Army (Retired)

Jonathan Bartlett graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia,
June 2003, full of hopes and dreams for his future.  He was a cocky, 5-foot-11-inch track athlete when he enlisted in the Army a month after graduation.

In 2004, his Korea-based infantry unit was deployed to Iraq.  Corporal Bartlett was at the wheel of a HUMVEE south of Fallujah when it hit an improvised explosive device.  The blast tossed the vehicle hundreds of feet, turning it into a mess of shredded metal.  One of Corporal Bartlett’s legs was sheared off below the knee; the other had to be amputated.

September 25 will forever be the anniversary of the day a roadside bomb blast transformed Corporal Bartlett from a strapping teenaged soldier to a double amputee.

Over 13 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, Corporal Bartlett endured 17 surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy.  He learned to walk again with cutting-edge prosthetic legs and is currently on his fifth set.

Corporal Bartlett returned home to Norfolk late in 2005 and started attending Old Dominion University where he is majoring in business management and communications.  Corporal Bartlett will graduate December 18, 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with the desire to work for a not-for-profit organization associated with veterans’ affairs.

Corporal Bartlett was presented a Quilt of Valor at the Maury High School Christmas assembly in December 2004 by Navy Master Chief Linda E. Fox, the NJROTC senior enlisted instructor.  The quilt was made by her friend and former shipmate Commander Mary Lynn Slough, U.S. Navy (Retired) of Virginia Beach who was a member of The Tidewater Quilters Guild (TQG).

The Tidewater Quilters Guild immediately endorsed Quilts of Valor as an ongoing community service project and six years later these special quilts of comfort and healing are still being presented to wounded American service members at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center’s ICU in Germany.  As of October 22, 2010 the TQG Quilts of Valor count presented at Landstuhl Hospital is 1,055.

“America still at war, TQG still quilting…one quilt at a time”

What a story, what a connection.  It so makes me want to be a part of it!
At our house this Veteran’s Day, we went to a ceremony and wreath laying at Virginia Tech.  The crowd was filled with WWII vets all the way to active duty military.  The weather was beautiful and the corps of cadets made a proud showing.
Thank you all, Sandra

 

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