A woman from Lebanon County was honored on Saturday for her service as an Air Force nurse.
Retired Maj. Kristine Kline from Richland was awarded a Quilt of Valor.
Quilts of Valor are given to members of the service or veterans who have been touched by the war. The hand-quilted or machine-quilted duvets are given as an award for service and not as a gift.
Glenda and Dave Schlabach, also from Richland, presented Kline with the red, white and blue quilt they had made especially for her. The ceremony took place at Zion United Methodist Church in Myerstown.
“Kris, this quilt is an expression of gratitude that should honor you, thank you and comfort you,” said Glenda Schlabach as she and her husband wrapped the quilt around Kline’s shoulders. âWe honor you for your service, whether in times of crisis or in times of peace. This Quilt of Valor unequivocally thanks you for your service, your sacrifice and your bravery in the service of our nation. “
The event included the presentation of a membership in the American Legion, a lifetime membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a quote from the Pennsylvania VFW to Kline.
Kline, who was on two business trips to Iraq, was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in 2010 when she was seriously injured in a car accident. This comes from a website put together by her mother, Carol Kline, a well-known Richland writer and entertainer.
Kris, as Kristine Kline is popularly known, suffered a traumatic brain injury that initially forced her to use a wheelchair and not be able to speak. Since then, she has regained the ability to walk short distances with a hiker. She communicates via a notepad or an electronic tablet.
She retired from the Air Force in 2012.
Kline recently moved to the Heritage Hills Estate mobile home park in Richland, where her mom and dad George Kline and the Schlabachs are her neighbors.
The story of the brave woman impressed the Schlabachs and inspired them to make and present a quilt for her.
“The tradition that has developed when presenting a quilt is to wrap it around the person who will receive it,” said Glenda Schlabach, “and dedicate it with a prayer followed by a hug.”
A dedicatory prayer was offered by Rev. Peter R. Hook, member of the local VFW Post 6393 and chaplain of the state VFW.
The veteran quilt showcase began in 2003 when a Blue Star mom dreamed of comforting her Iraq-stationed son with a quilt, Glenda Schlabach said. Since then, quilters from all over the United States have made and presented 160,000 Quilts of Valor.