Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization that was developed by a woman whose son returned from a tour in Iraq. She could see that her son was struggling with what he had been through when he was over there. She got an idea of making him a quilt. After she made the quilt, she presented it to him, and she could tell it provided him comfort and gave him hope that things would be better. From this, Quilts of Valor grew into what it is today. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Brent Pearce, formerly of Mena, was presented a Quilt of Valor for his 30+ years of honorable military service on September 1, 2016. His service to our Nation’s military has been requested numerous times for both State and U.S. events. He has provided security for an Oklahoma AF Base after the events on 9/11, assisted state cleanup after multiple Oklahoma tornados and ice storms, helped secure the area of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and just last year, led his unit in aiding local officials after a tragedy in Oklahoma State University’s Homecoming Parade, which he will be recognized for on the field during this year’s Homecoming game.
Pearce attend all of this, while still making time for tours in Iraq (2008), Afghanistan (2011), and now he will begin a short tour in Ukraine. The mobilization orders for Ukraine began Monday, October 31st and will keep him stateside through Thanksgiving. Brent is the son of Glenn and Madean Pearce of Mena.