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Veterans and quilters pose for a group photo while holding a large check.The men from the Korean War Veterans of Southwest Michigan served their country when called upon more than 50 years ago. Now, they continue to serve and honor other veterans through the Veterans Support Endowment for All Who Served at the Berrien Community Foundation. 

The group of local Korean War veterans worked diligently to build the fund. Their first grants were awarded to organizations that support and honor the needs of veterans. A grant to the Berrien Towne and Country Quilters’ Bridgman Patriotic Quilters will offset supply costs the group incurs from creating and sending out red, white and blue quilts to American veterans across the globe. 

Because of the grant, the quilters are finding financial relief in fronting some of the cost associated with buying supplies and shipping. To date, they’ve made 200 quilts. Each quilt takes a minimum of 20 hours to make and can cost more than $100.

“I had an uncle who never came home from World War II,” said quilter Kay Wilcox, of Sawyer. “This is my way of honoring him in the sacrifice he made.”

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