February Make a Difference: Quilts of Honor

DANA, Ind. (WTHI) – Every month we honor someone in the community who’s doing their part to make things a little better. February’s Make a Difference award from News 10 and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods goes to a woman in Hillsdale Indiana.

In 2009 when Judy Brown got back from a tour in Iraq, she was presented a quilt of honor. Almost six years later, she’s passed out 800 of those quilts.

They are part of the reason the community recognizes her for making a difference.

Brown moved from Virginia to the small town of Hillsdale, Indiana, not too long after her tour. Beginning there, she makes and distributes quilts to local veterans as a token of friendship and appreciation.

“This is my heart and soul and I want to do this until they all come home,” she said.

Along with her group called Old Glory Quilters, she finds local vets and surprises them with a quilt of honor.

Even though she’s done her service, she says her duties are far from over.

“I did nothing compared to like everyone else did and it’s my honor, it’s my blood,” she said.

Brown suffered a back injury and has had several surgeries. She says this is part of her therapy.

“How do you keep going? How do you keep sewing and how do you keep going to all of these events? I’m like it helps me because I get to give back,” she said.

She claims they give quilts over medals because a quilt brings comfort and to her that’s what all veterans deserve.

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