4Patriots Video Spotlights U.S. Veterans

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If you’ve been a 4Patriots customer for any length of time, you know how important U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families are to us.

A vast majority of our financial and product donations – made possible by your purchases – go to organizations that support American military members and their families. 

We believe these brave men and women are deserving of so much more than they receive after risking their lives to protect ours. 

That’s why we feel it is both our responsibility and privilege to serve them after they’ve served us. And we believe the best way to do that is through contributions to reputable organizations established to do exactly that. 

Tracing roots to 1919

As you know, yesterday was Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, it’s a day on which we honor military veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

The first Armistice Day was November 11, 1919. In President Woodrow Wilson’s address to the nation, following the end of World War I, he said this:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory.”

In 1947, the day was expanded to celebrate all U.S. veterans, not only those who died during World War I.

Veterans share a special bond

This year, in addition to our financial donations, 4Patriots decided to honor U.S. veterans by creating the short video above. I hope you’ll spend a few minutes watching it. 

We interviewed U.S. veteran Andrew Lee for this video, highlighting his quilt-making work on behalf of other veterans.

Andrew, who served his country for 20 years, starts off by describing what the word “veteran” means to him.

“Veteran, I believe, means that we, as veterans, endured something together that only us, veterans, can relate to. Filling sand bags, digging foxholes, sitting on a tarmac for eight hours, waiting for a bird to come pick you up...” 

He adds, “Being a civilian after being military for so long is tough. And it’s hard to transition to cuddly, touchy-feely, sensitive people. But I thought that this was my opportunity to do something to help myself.”

Combat Quilter displays patriotism

Surprisingly, that “something” turned out to be sewing. “I really feel that sewing allowed me to just completely compartmentalize and leave that stuff in the back of my mind,” he said.

But Andrew didn’t select sewing as merely a way to distract himself. He discovered a much higher purpose for this activity.

He began sewing patriotic quilts to give to veterans.

Andrew, also known as the “Combat Quilter,” has now completed 157 quilts, most of which are patriotic in nature.

Yes, you do deserve it

“What I did not realize was, when I awarded my first quilt of valor to a veteran… out of his mouth came, ‘I don’t deserve this.’

“My response to him was, ‘Mr. Carpenter, if you don’t deserve a quilt, neither does anybody else. You didn’t ride on a tank or in a jeep or jump out of an airplane. You walked into Normandy. Walked.’

“In that moment, I actually truly felt raw, pure emotion. Because when you’re giving or awarding a quilt to a veteran, they are broken and battered the same that you are.

“And now you don’t have to have some preconceived idea of how to form a bond. You just did it.”

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Comments

Patricia Sikora - November 17, 2021

I’m so happy he’s making these quilts.Giving is what heals.The more you give the more you receive.Their are so many homeless veterans,and that should not be.Their should be housing for everyone of them.We all should be giving to them.

Richard Clary - November 16, 2021

I think these quilts are great and beautiful.i know several vets id love to give one. Can you purchase these and if so how much? Richard bfmcjed99@gmail.com

Barbara Clinkscales - November 16, 2021

This video moved me to tears.
What a splendid way to heal his own scars by reaching out to help heal the scars of others.
Thanking God Almighty for all service members that gave of themselves that I might live in freedom in the U. S. of America!!!!

Theresa Palmer - November 16, 2021

Thank you for all who served, from our family who gave it all. Remember those of us who lost our sons and daughters in the Navy in 2017.
The Palmers♥️🙏

Robert “Chaps” Mercado - November 16, 2021

This vid it’s quite inspiring to say the least. Every word vocalized hit close to home. There is not one day that goes by, that I’m in the battlefield. The times are really bad. I will not allow it to paralyze me.
Semper Fi, Brother

Donna Tyler - November 15, 2021

Thank you for showing this. My sister was an Army nurse in Viet Nam and and still could hurt someone if they came in back and startled her. She is s beautiful person. Lives on a farm. My Dad was in WW 2 and he was awesome. Marine in South Pacific. As a therapist I would work with soldiers and also get them pets by writing letters to help them have their own support. Thank you for celebrating them. With appreciation, Donna

Rheva Cyre - November 14, 2021

Thank you so much for your service ❤. You are my hero’s and I am I am so grateful for all you and our many men and women who have given all to make America a safe and wonderful place to call home. God Bless you for your service.

Tracy L Pepper - November 14, 2021

I really love hearing these veterans stories. I see homeless veterans every day with signs saying they’re hunger, I get them food and bless them. My question is what’s there store, why are so many of our veterans homeless. They should all be taken care of by everyone and the government. They gave their lives for us, what are we doing for them. This is why I love given to patriots because our veterans deserve more.

Beth - November 14, 2021

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SERVICES, GOD BLESS VETS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA, my son and many members of my family served and or are serving still . THANKS ❤️🙏

Elizabeth Labsrge - November 14, 2021

The story you showed on the combat quilter was exceptional. Thank you for sharing it. Being a veteran it’s true that only veterans understand what we each go thru no matter the service you were in. Again thank you for sharing. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸⚓️⚓️⚓️⚓️

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