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Vietnam Veteran receives quilt of valor

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Paul Shaner, Vietnam War Veteran Paul Shaner, Vietnam War Veteran
Mandy Robinson, Quilts of Valor Foundation Volunteer Mandy Robinson, Quilts of Valor Foundation Volunteer
Sharon Shaner, Paul Shaner's Wife Sharon Shaner, Paul Shaner's Wife
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POULAN, GA -

A South Georgia Vietnam War Veteran got a big surprise from his friends and family today. They presented him with a special gift for his 22 years of service.  

It was the look on Paul Shaner's face that said it all.  

"I'm in shock because I was never expecting anything like this," said Vietnam War Veteran Paul Shaner.  

67-year-old Paul Shaner of Sumner was presented a red, white and blue star patterned quilt made by volunteers with the Quilts of Valor Foundation. He was overcome with emotion.  

"It brings back a lot of memories," said Shaner.  

Shaner joined the Navy in 1964, and served two tours in Vietnam. It was a time when veterans did not receive the recognition they deserved.  

"They had rocks throwed at them," said Shaner. "They were called names. It was just very disrespectful to them."  

Shaner's wife of 45 years, Sharon Shaner, nominated him a year ago to receive the quilt.  

"I just felt like he deserved that little pat on the back to say the world loves him," said Sharon Shaner.  

Volunteers with the foundation say wrapping the quilt around the veterans lets them know that they are appreciated for their service.  

"To signify that this is the country's way of wrapping our arms around them to say Thank You for your service, to bring them comfort and let them know they are appreciated," said Mandy Robinson with the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  

Shaner says it's important to support Veterans.  

"Support the veterans," said Shaner. "No matter how big or how small it is. They deserve, they earn it."  

 Paul Shaner got the recognition he deserved.  The Quilts of Valor Foundation has presented more than 99,000 veterans with quilts in over the last decade. To find out how you can nominate a veteran click here.

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