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Local Veteran surprised with Quilt of Valor

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

A local Veteran was given an award softer than a plaque, and larger than a trophy - it was a quilt.

"I was in total shock," said Vietnam War Veteran, Eugene Smith. "And a lot of pride that the people after all this time would take a moment to say thank you."

The Quilt of Valor is awarded to Veterans as a symbol of warmth and comfort. More than 140,000 have been made nationwide, including more than 300 locally.

Smith's was presented during a Veterans Day Assembly at McDonald Elementary School in Spokane Valley.

"On days like this I remember the guys that didn't come home," said Smith. "Those are the heroes because they gave it all."

Smith says he is deeply honored by the gesture, but adds he's never expected anything for his service.

"We don't do it out of recognition for anything other than service to the country."

Smith served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm. He was a medic in the Army who was shot three times while saving other people's lives.

KHQ would like to thank Smith and all of our Veterans for their service.

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