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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