Under Our Wings (UOW) is a program that allows anyone to participate in national service by making a comforting Quilt of Valor (QOV) for an American armed services member touched by war.
You can participate whether you are an experienced quilter (a Coach), someone who has never made a quilt before (a Rookie), or someone who simply wants to perform national service. Pick the role that fits you best and read on for more information.
National service can be as complicated as giving your life for your country or as simple as making a Quilt of Valor for a combat veteran.
Quilters already understand the therapeutic value of making a quilt and the joy of giving a quilt. Thousands of us, via Quilts of Valor (QOV), have made quilts of comfort for American service members.
Now, via Under Our Wings (UOW), avid quilters can help someone who has never made a quilt before make a QOV. Via UOW, Rookie quilters can confidently sew patchwork blocks guided by a Coach who cares.
Following the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said “Let us . . . care for him who shall have borne the battle.” More recently Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking at Duke University, said, “We must spare no expense to compensate or care for those who have served and suffered on the battlefield. That is our sacred obligation."