Quilts Of Valor

Susan Bolton
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At Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, soldiers maimed in Iraq remake themselves. It can be grueling — and inspiring.

Sgt. Joe Bozik, a triple-amputee, lost both his legs and his right hand to an anti-tank mine.

"Everything becomes twice as hard," Bozik told CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann.

He might have lost limbs, but he's lost none of his spirit.

And each soldier here carries a gift, a quilt, which also came together slowly, with a love for the country, one step at a time.

Ronda Palmer is a quilter volunteering at Walter Reed who had the idea to give warmth to the wounded.

So Palmer put out the word. And across America, it's become a mission for more than 500 quilters.

Strassmann asked Palmer if she sees making these quilts as a labor of love. "Absolutely," Palmer said.

"Definitely. Each and every one of them, each and every stitch," she said.

For Carol Lee, each stitch is personal. Her son-in-law, a rescue chopper pilot, has flown in Iraq.

"You don't know, when he leaves, if he's going to come back," Lee said.

She said it worries her because the son-in-law has a family of his own.

"I mean, they have three little children," she said.

Because a soldier has to be badly wounded to get one of these, each quilt is a gift that these women hope no soldier will actually receive.

So far, more than 3,000 soldiers have come home to one of these quilts.

The quilts made Joe Bozik realize something. However divided Americans are about the war, they wrap themselves around their soldiers.

"It's really an honor to have people who care about you that much," Bozik said. "Basically, it's one step at a time for me to go from what I was to what I'm going to be. And I think it's the same with the quilts."

"And hopefully it's something that's beautiful and something that works," he said. "And that's what I'm hoping for in my life, also."

And it's what these soldiers needed to feel most: the quilt of kindness.