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Two local veterans receive Quilts of Valor quilts

Alan Linda of New York Mills, and a Vietnam veteran, holds the quilt he received from Quilts of Valor. The local group, Quilters Embrace, is comprised of quilters from Amor, Dent and Fergus Falls, which has given away thousands of quilts over the years. Submitted photo

Alan "Lindy" Linda of New York Mills and Dr. Bill Rose of Perham, both Vietnam veterans, were presented quilts through the local Quilts of Valor group during its annual fundraiser held each year on March 17, at the American Legion Hall in Underwood.

Linda and Rose, a Purple Heart recipient, were among the 11 quilt recipients. Jenny Caughey, state Quilts of Valor coordinator, also spoke at the event last Friday.

Quilters Embrace, the local quilting group that presented the quilts, is comprised of quilters from Amor, Dent and Fergus Falls, according to Nett Kupferschmid of Perham.

The fundraiser has helped pay for a bus to take the quilters to various Army bases around the country to present the handmade quilts and fabric to continue to make the quilts.

Thousands of quilts have been given at locations around the country, Kupferschmid said, but recently the focus has been on presenting quilts to local veterans.

Anyone who has been touched by war can make a request for a quilt, she said, by visiting