Michael Rudebusch served more
than 25 years in the National Guard. During that time he was deployed to Iraq
as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since 2014 he’s worked at Southeast
Community College as an Information Services Technician. On March 29, 2019, he
was presented with a commemorative quilt at a ceremony in Milford, as part of
the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
“It’s an honorable and
humbling experience, especially within an institution that employs many
veterans and is a strong supporter of veteran students,” said Rudebusch.
Rudebusch entered the
Nebraska National Guard in 1986. He graduated from SCC in 1990 with an
Electronics Engineering Technology degree. He went back on active duty and
retired from the military in 2014 as a Sergeant First Class.
“I originally chose to serve
as a way to pay for college, then re-enlisted as a way to see the world,” he
said. “It ended up as a way to support my family, positively influence military
personnel, and provide a positive role model for my children, showing them what
fulfilling the responsibilities and duties as a citizen of the United States
Fellow SCC employee, Bill
Vocasek, nominated Rudebusch for this honor. 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.
“When I found out about his
service to our country, I thought he was extremely deserving, and this is a
small thing I could do to thank him for protecting my freedom,” Vocasek said.
“I am proud to say he is one of my friends.”
Rudebusch grew up in Lincoln
and now resides in Seward with his wife and three children. He feels fortunate
to be one of the lucky ones to be nominated and receive a Quilt of Valor.
“I learned to always put
others’ needs first, and I often wondered about the soldiers and friends after they
‘took off the uniform,’” he said. “I also had to say goodbye to some of them as
they chose to end their battle with life, wondering how much difference a quilt
made with such love, care and honor could have made in their lives.”
The quilt was pieced by Deb
Hofpar, quilted by Jeanette Beethe Heins, and bound by Caroly Podelak. Eileen Krumbach
presented the quilt to Rudebusch. They are all associated with Quilts of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor
Foundation began in 2003 when founder Catherine Roberts had a son who was
deployed in Iraq. She had the idea that quilts could be healing and a way to
say thank you to service men and women. For
more information, log on to the website at https://www.qovf.org/