IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press Release

September 13, 2004

No. 04-043


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Mokie Porter

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA MOURNS THE LOSS OF
AGENT ORANGE ADVOCATE JENNIE LEFEVRE
 


(Washington, D.C.) –
Jennie LeFevre, a nationally known advocate for Vietnam veterans and their families suffering health problems due to exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, died September 7 in Shady Side, Maryland. “Vietnam Veterans of America is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Jennie LeFevre, founder of The Quilt of Tears,” said Thomas H. Corey, the VVA’s National President. “After the death of her husband from Agent Orange-related cancer, Jennie was a tenacious advocate for those still suffering the effects of the Vietnam War.” 

The Quilt Of Tears is a collection of individual panels, stitched together to form a quilt, with each panel representing a victim of Agent Orange. Panels feature photos and memorabilia of those who have fallen victim to the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides while serving in the armed forces in Vietnam. Jennie LeFevre displayed the quilt at veterans’ gatherings and with the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “People ask me, when am I going to stop,” she said recently. “Never. I’ll never quit—no, never—so long as I can help people heal.” 

“Jennie will be profoundly missed by all those whose lives she touched with the sheer force of her will,” Corey said. “She was a magnificent woman who spoke out loudly and strongly for Vietnam veterans.” 

Jennie will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on September 28 next to her husband Jerry. She will be interred with the first quilt she made.

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