Pella veteran receives Quilt of Valor

Pella veteran Mike Kiser was presented with a Quilt of Valor from Farm Bureau Financial Services on Nov. 11. Pictured from left to right are Dan Pitcher, chief operating officer, Property Casualty Companies; Kiser; and Joe Johnson, executive director of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

On Nov. 11, Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts.

Michael Kiser of Pella was among the employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s headquarters in West Des Moines. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

“These quilts are a token of our admiration and appreciation for your service,” said CEO Jim Brannen. “We thank you for defending the freedom of this great nation. Words can never truly express how grateful we are, but I hope that each time you use this beautiful quilt, you remember that your sacrifices and your service have not gone unnoticed. It is an honor to call you my colleague.”

This year marks the fourth year in which the company has recognized its veteran colleagues through Quilts of Valor presentations. During the past three years, 46 quilts have been presented in total.

Farm Bureau employees Sheryl Houston, Mel Summers and Sara Deich organized a group of 30 quilters who created these beautiful pieces of handmade art. The quilts, which take 10-30 hours each to complete, were presented to veteran team members in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah.

“I’m grateful that my colleagues took the time to make me this quilt by hand,” said Kiser, an Air Force veteran. “It’s nice to see people acknowledging veterans with such a thoughtful gift.”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

To learn more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, visit www.qovf.org.

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