by Jonathan McNamara
WAKE FOREST — Area veterans can rest assured there are people who think of their well-being after they return home from battle.
Since 2011, Martha Killian of Wake Forest has lead the Ladies of Valor chapter, a nonprofit organization hand stitching quilts for veterans touched by war.
July 23, at American Legion Post 187, Wake Forest, Killian and the ladies banded together to present a local hero a quilt of his own.
Patrick Horne and his wife, Ilda, were invited to Post 187. Upon entering, they were greeted by the Ladies of Valor.
Horne, originally from Warner Robins, Ga., served overseas in many places, experiencing plenty of conflict. Horne was a sergeant and worked as a flight medic while serving in the Army for 16 years.
Horne served in Somalia, helped re-establish Haiti after an earthquake and was stationed in Honduras, where he met his wife, and has deployed to Bosnia during his enlistment.
“I enjoyed serving my country,” Horne said as he addressed the women.
Horne reluctantly left the military due to back problems.
Horne and Ilda, who just officially became a U.S. citizen this year, reside in Raleigh with their rambunctious Jack Russell Terrier.
The Ladies of Valor are based in Wake Forest and work hard to reach out to area veterans. They put in time and hard work and depend on generous donations of fabric, supplies and money.
Currently the ladies are working hard to save for a long-arm sewing machine to help meet the demand and produce quilts faster to make their efforts a success.
For more information or donate to Ladies of Valor, call 919-357-5665 or see the website at qovf.org.