Honoring one who served
by The Press and Standard | September 14, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: September 17, 2018 at 9:11 am
Quilts of Valor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice. The idea is to wrap members of active military and veterans in a warm quilt as a thank you for their service. Saturday was T. K. Alexander’s day to be hugged and held.
Alexander served as a U.S. Army captain in the Vietnam War from June 1968 through July 1970. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. “Even though he has suffered numerous health issues, he never tried to get veteran’s benefits,” said daughter Natalie Wilson. “He felt others needed them more.”
The quilts are not easily obtained. In South Carolina, there is a waiting list of more than 1,000. Donna Sineath, a friend of the Alexander family, nominated him. “My brother-in-law received one and I immediately thought of T.K.,” she said.
The quilt was awarded Saturday afternoon. “I’m really surprised,” he said. “I want to thank everyone who had a part. The quilt is beautiful. I am honored.”