Fort Rucker Soldiers Receive Special Gifts

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Girl Scout Troop #9349 out of Enterprise saw the culmination of many months of hard work, when they presented "Quilts of Valor" to Fort Rucker soldiers who have served overseas.

For troop member Felicia Cowley it meant surprising her dad, Chief Warrant Officer Corey Cowley, by presenting him with her finished product Monday.

"It felt awesome," Felicia Cowley said. "Because my dad is my hero."

Her father was one of 14 soldiers honored with a quilt at Lyster Army Hospital at Fort Rucker. CW3 Corey Cowley is UH-60 helicopter pilot. He says three deployments means he has missed many events like the one he was honored at Monday.

"All the little things," CW2 Cowley said. "You miss out on soccer games and baseball games, and you miss out on day to day stuff. That is the worst."

Melanie Simpson runs The Front Porch Quilt Shop in Ozark and helped the troop with making the quilts. She says they learned a lot during the process.

"Giving, sharing, learning, and completing a project," Simpson said. "Seeing the end result and being so proud."

"I want to do it again because it was so fun," Troop member Jessica Skinner said. "And even though it took a lot of time, I just loved it."

Soldiers like Cowley were taken aback to be honored for what he calls, "Just doing my job."

"To receive any additional recognition or thanks beyond that, is quite humbling and it's very nice."

According to the "Quilt of Valor Foundation" website, more than 16,000 quilts have been made for soldiers coming back from war.


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  • by Sharon Location: Mobile on Oct 14, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    With all the bad news out there, this would have been an uplifting story for the national news. Thanks to Ryan for the great video. Thanks to the leaders for teaching the girls patriotism and honor. Thanks to the girls for completing all the beautiful quilts. God bless our Soldiers!
  • by Carol Location: Birmingham, AL on Oct 7, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    Ryan captured the true heart of America! Thanks for an inspirational story.
  • by Cindy Location: Huntsville, AL on Oct 7, 2008 at 04:29 PM
    What an awesome story! Congratulations to the girls. Best wishes to the Soldiers at Fort Rucker. Hopefully more people will get involved with the Quilts of Valor program and honor our Soldiers returning from battle.
  • by Alycia Location: Kersey CO on Oct 7, 2008 at 11:01 AM
    Wonderful story - thank you for sharing!
  • by Kassy Location: Enterprise, AL on Oct 6, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    These girls put their hearts and souls into making these quilts. To be able to honor our soldiers for all of their hard work, dedication and sacrifice . . . this seems like something small in return. Thank you to the Front Porch Quilt Shop, our terrific troop leader, Belinda Jellison for bringing this wonderful idea to life, and, of course, to Ms. Liz for all of her countless hours of volunteer service to take our girls (and some parents!) from very beginners in the sewing world to accomplished quilters! Without her unending love we could have never done this on our own! To anyone interested in learning more about the Quilt of Valor program, look it up on the internet -- there is lots of info about how to get started. Thank you to all of our soldiers, and to Captain Andrea Castillon -- we love you!
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