Quilted In Honor Stories

Operation Homefront Volunteers Help Send Out Quilted In Honor Fabrics

We were thankful to have Mary and Jane, two local Operation Homefront volunteers, help with stocking and shipping the Quilted In Honor fabrics! It was great to hear about the things they were doing to support Operation Homefront, and share with them the details or our initiative!

Operation Homefront Volunteers

 

Adam Jennings

Growing up in Whidbey Island, Wash., Adam Jennings wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life, but he always felt a sense of pride in his country. In January of 2007, Adam was able to turn that sense of pride into duty for his country, as he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

While serving in the Marine Corps, Adam deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010. While deployed, he served as the ramp chief for his company and worked on light armored vehicles (LAVs). He was responsible for 25 LAVs and eight Marines. During his tour in Afghanistan, Adam was replacing a LAV engine in preparation for combat movements when his arm was crushed and later became infected. He is now struggling to overcome nerve damage from the injury and infection. His right arm is always painful and hyper-sensitive and Adam has lost motion in his arm as a result of his injuries.  

The injury would eventually take Adam to California, where he would officially retire  from the Marine Corps. Adam, his wife Kristyna, and their daughter lived in Operation Homefront’s Southern California Village, where they were able to get back on their feet financially and emotionally after Adam’s return.

The family’s new home in Bonney Lake, Wash. will provide the family with a place to grow and keep the positive outlook that the family has on life. They will also be close to family, providing them with additional support.

“Words can’t express what this house means to my family and me,” said Adam. “The peace of mind knowing that my family will be taken care of is amazing.  It is truly a blessing to be able to have a house to call our own.  The huge financial stress relief of the new home is great, but the emotional impact will last forever.”

Caleb, Adam, Eleanor at Quilted In Honor Press Conference in Portland, ORQuilted In Honor Press Conference, Portland Quilt Market 2013
Left to Right: Caleb Willis, President and CEO, Island Batik, Adam Jennings, Medically Retired, US Marine Corps,
Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day
Photo by Erin Sampson


In May of 2013, Adam and his family joined the quilting industry in Portland at the International Quilt Market to share their story and to accept a special gift from Eleanor Burns. After officially introducing the Quilted In Honor program, which brings together industry partners, celebrity designers and supportive sponsors in an effort to raise funds for and donate much-needed quilts to Operation Homefont, Ms Burns presented Adam with “Flying for Freedom”, a quilt she designed using her own family’s military history for inspiration. Adam wrapped the quilt around himself with a smile on his face as Ms Burns explained that this gift was “a warm hug from all of us quilters”.

Adam currently attends school full time and hopes to work in the Golf industry as a club manager after graduation.

Eleanor, Adam and family in front of Eleanor's Quilt, which she gifted to AdamQuilted In Honor Press Conference, Portland Quilt Market 2013
Left to Right:Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day, Adam Jennings, Medically Retired, US Marie Corps,
Adam's wife, Kristyna Jennings, and daughter

Photo by Greg Sloan