Fear not my great soldier....
For your story shall be passed down through out the years
Because the fabric of your life is sewn into the Quilt Of Tears
VA Regional Medical Center Sioux Falls, SD
July 2nd, 2005
As I gaze upon these quilts today, the image of death is altered.
I see instead the symbol of life, for heroes who never faltered.
The initial Quilt Of Tears project was started by Jennie Lefevre. Jennie was one of the original Agent Orange Widows that helped fight the battle pertaining to Agent Orange & the effects on Vietnam Veterans like her husband, Gerald LeFevre. Jennie dedicated her life to helping these Veterans. & was often asked at what point she would stop her work...her reply was always the same...
"When am I going to stop?
Never!! I'll never quit. No never...as long as I can help people heal."
She didn't quit her work with the Veterans, families, & the Quilts until just 4 short weeks before her death September 8th, 2004. Even at that point she wasn't quitting because she wanted the project to go on, she knew Agent Orange had devastated too many lives & more was to be done.
We believe that when the Veteran is created
the citizen should not be laid aside!
Please Enter This Area With Love, Honor & Respect
Home Of The Agent Orange"Quilt Of Tears"
The Quilts draw national attention to the plight of Veterans affected by Agent Orange used during Vietnam.
Family members & friends of these victims are encouraged to submit quilt blocks in honor of their loved ones. The blocks are then sewn into quilts that are displayed at various veterans reunions and functions across our country making sure our heroes are not forgotten.
Our Veterans are dying every single day from this great tragedy!
Both living and dead, they have been forgotten by our government and this is our way to give them the honor and respect they so richly deserve. The Quilts have a life of their own and speak for themselves, adorned with victim's pictures, their service information, their Agent Orange health status, etc, etc. Love, pain and sorrow can be seen in each block. One veteran stated that "The "Quilts of Tears" was the most moving piece of art he had seen since the WALL in Washington, D.C.
It Was Jennie's Wish For Us To Go On With Her Work
They are called the
"Quilt of Tears"
for the many tears that have been
shed by & for these victims.
Agent Orange Victims & Widows Support Network, Inc.
The "Quilt Of Tears" Project is noted on Congressional Record thanks to Lane Evans. It is also acknowledged & endorsed by the Agent Orange Coordinating Council which consists of representatives from the major service organizations. It is also recognized by Vietnam Veterans Of America & Rolling Thunder, Inc.
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