Quilts of Valor: 'To honor and comfort'

COOS BAY, Ore. - Five local women pulled some strings Sunday to give a veteran a special honor.

Myron Rencehausen thought he was simply going to a church picnic at Simpson Park.

Little did he know he was about to be honored for his service in the Korean War decades after his return home.

He was presented a gift through the Quilts of Valor foundation.

It's an organization that's made up of 10,000 quilters country-wide.

"We present quilts to honor and comfort and to recognize the sacrifice that our combat veterans and out current warriors have done for us and our country to preserve our freedoms," said Bobbie Sanford, the group's regional coordinator.

Since December, the foundation has presented 200 quilts in Western and Central Oregon alone.

Anyone can request a quilt for a combat soldier by visiting the foundation's website.