Vietnam Veteran Honored For Decades Of Service

Charles Acton was exposed to Agent Orange, leaving him bedridden for the past eight years.

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    Charles Acton

  • Charles and Cheryl Acton

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    Charles and Cheryl Acton

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    Charles Acton receiving his quilt.

Charles Acton is a Vietnam vet. He served two tours and spent 20 years in the military.

His wife Cheryl says wartime changed his course of life.

“When he was in Vietnam I was still playing with dolls, but I said I have my own hero. I have my own veteran and I’m very proud of him,” she says.

Charles was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He’s quadriplegic and suffers from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, PTSD and Parkinson’s. For eight years he’s been bedridden.

“We make the best of it and we’re very happy and he tells me all the time he’s happy. Don’t ya? He tells me all the time he’s happy. I’m just thankful. I’m proud of him,” Cheryl says.

She wanted to do something special for her husband to show him how proud she is.

Cheryl requested volunteers with the Quilts of Valor Foundation to make a quilt for her husband. It took several months, but then last week, there was a ring at the door bell. And visitors, carrying a surprise. A red, blue and gold quilt – patterned with stars.

“It’s beautiful. I’m just so thankful to be alive,” Charles says, shaking with emotion.

Two Indiana volunteers made his quilt, but Charles will never know who they were. It’s the foundation’s way of keeping focus on the service members. The least they can do for someone who gave so much.

Charles’ quilt is number 99,837 that volunteers at the Quilts of Valor Foundation have made and delivered.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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