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Wrapped in gratitude
Created By: Mellanay P. Auman

When my father, a veteran of WWII, had to stay in a rehabilitation unit at the Veteran's Hospital, my mother and I would drive out there every day to spend lunch, and then return to spend dinner with him. Dad was always cold and the hospital would use towels to cover him in his wheelchair. I was surrounded by Veterans who had sacrificed so much for my freedom - many without legs, or war injuries that threatened their lives. All of these Veterans were in wheelchairs - covered in gray, drab blankets, or towels, trying to stay warm.
One Veteran weighed less than 100 pounds, had been in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war and he looked so lonely and cold. I decided to make him an afghan. When I completed it, I brought it to the VA hospital, asked the nurses if I could give it to him, and saw him smile as they tucked the afghan around his shoulders and drape it across his chest. I told him that it was a small token of my deep respect and appreciation for what he did to protect the US. He never said a word to me - but for the first of the three months I visited my father, he always had that afghan around him. During the second month, I found out that this Veteran died in his sleep and that his last request was to be wrapped in the afghan. He was buried wrapped in the red,white, and blue afghan I had made.
Since that time, I have made over twenty afghans and have delivered them to our recovering Veterans. I write a thank you note to each Veteran and let him/her know that "every stitch, every purl, was done with a grateful heart for their sacrifice" and that, to me, he/she is a hero.
I urge all knitters to visit their local VA hospital and donate hand made afghans or lap warmers for these brave servicemen/women. They deserve to be wrapped in our love, our prayers, and our high esteem.

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