A Quilt of Valor (QOV) is a quality, handmade quilt that is machine or hand quilted. The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to award and cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. It is a small token of appreciation and gratitude for their great sacrifice.
This fall, Women Veteran’s Glamping was able to partner with the Quilts of Valor foundation and facilitate events that awarded a total of nine veterans their healing tribute of a Quilt of Valor. The quilting began on September 21, 2021, when Clair Starnes, US Army, fell terminally ill. After driving to New Hampshire, accompanied by some lovely ladies who wanted to be present for the ceremony, Nicole Jordan, US Army veteran, cancer survivor, and founder of Women Veteran’s Glamping, Quilted Clair with a warm embrace. Nicole said that Clair loved her quilt and told her that it keeps her nice and warm with all the treatments she is going through. “We love you Clair and your friendship and smile will forever be with us.” said Nicole.
On Oct. 30, 2021, Women Veteran’s Glamping held a Quilt of Valor Ceremony at Maine Forest Yurts in Durham, owned by Bob and Peggy Crowley. There, they quilted five women veterans, including Nichole Jordan. Owners Bob and Peggy Crowley were able to take part in honoring her with her Quilt of Valor, which was extra special since Bob and Peggy have been friends with Nichole for the last eight years and have hosted Women Veteran’s Glamping retreats in the past. This was a nice treat thanks to JoAnn Bolduc, the Quilt of Valor Central Maine Coordinator, who knew Nichole had invited the Crowley’s to see how the retreats were going.
On November 6, 2021, another Quilt of Valor Ceremony was held for Rachel P. US Navy at Maine Forest Yurts. Rachel wanted her yurt mates, all women veterans, to wrap and be part of her special moment. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, Nichole drove to Glenburn to suprise William D. Sr. US Navy/US Air Force with his Quilt of Valor for a total of thirty-nine years and counting of service. “Thank you, William, for your long eight tours overseas.” said Nicole.
On December 15, 2021, during Coffee Hour at the House in the Woods in Lee, Maine, Women Veteran’s Glamping had the honor of Quilting a one-hundred- and one-year old WWII Air Force Veteran his Quilt of Valor. Lester Delano received his Quilt wrapping by Nichole Jordan and Paul House. Quilt maker JoAnn Bolduc conducted the ceremony. “What an honor for so many younger veterans at coffee hour to talk with Lester.” said Nicole. Lester told several stories about his military career, including his fifty-five bombing flights and the time his plane was sent out, but never came back. On January 18th, Lester will turn one hundred and two years old. He loves his beloved town of Lee, Maine.
Women Veteran’s Glamping is dedicated to connecting women veterans to each other by providing relaxing and healing glamping trips in the Maine woods. In addition, they look to honor and give back to veterans and their communities for their service and sacrifice by volunteering in their communities. From putting stockings together for Christmas at Togus VA Hospital with care comfort stocking packages, to helping elders when they are in need, Women Veteran’s Glamping is seeking to make a difference.
“We honor all men and women for their service and sacrifices to our country. Thank you all. God Bless.”