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SCC veteran presented with honorary quilt

Mike Rudebusch with quilt of honor.
Michael Rudebusch was surprised with the quilt on March 29.
Mike Rudebusch quilt.
Eileen Krumbach presented the quilt to Rudebusch.
Rudebusch quilt of honor presentation.

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 means.”

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/

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu