Vietnam veteran and Vet to Vet Maine member John Nason receives his Quilt of Valor at a ceremony at Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland on Feb. 20. Presenting the quilt are Jay McKenna and Commandant David Close from the Southern Maine Marine Corps League, and Donna Brookings from Quilts of Valor Foundation. From left are: McKenna, Nason, Close and Brookings. Courtesy photo

SCARBOROUGH — John Nason of Scarborough was joined by his Vet to Vet Maine (V2VME) peer companions, the Southern Maine Marine Corps League, family and friends when he received a Quilt of Valor during Sunday services at Thornton Heights United Methodist Church in South Portland on Feb. 20. Nason is a veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam.

Nason was nominated to receive the Quilts of Valor Foundation quilt by Kathy Lavigne, the volunteer leader of the V2VME Caregiver Support Network. Nason’s wife, Sally Nason, is a member of the Network. Quilts of Valor is a national organization that employs volunteers to create quilts for veterans.

Nason became a V2VME participant after a 2017 stroke left him a quadriplegic. The organization matched him with two trained volunteer peer companions, James Inglis of Scarborough, and Richard Robichaud of Westbrook, both of whom call and visit Nason regularly. Robichaud has been visiting Nason since December 2017, while Inglis is a relatively new volunteer, who first visited Nason last year.

Lavigne learned about Quilts of Valor Foundation from Donna Brookings, the Maine state coordinator for the organization, and asked friends Ed and Kathy Dyson of Hollis Center to create the quilt for Nason. The quilts are made to the exacting standards of the foundation and are designed to endure many commercial washings.

For more information about how V2VME can make a difference in the life of a veteran, contact V2VME Program Director Judie Alessi O’Malley at 207-579-4024. For more information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, contact Donna Brookings at 207-523-9322.

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