A Quilt of Valor was presented to Maj. Donald Taylor, U.S. Army Retired, on May 23 at the American Legion in Augusta by Jane Wilcox, representing Maine Mountain Quilters of Farmington, makers of the quilt.

While attending a meeting of the disabled veterans group called Back in the Maine Stream, Taylor was surprised with the gift.

Taylor, of Mount Vernon, is a Vietnam veteran who dedicates his time helping his fellow vets, especially disabled veterans who are interested in getting outside to enjoy the sport of fishing. He also is associated with other veteran groups with similar goals.

Steve Rothert, member of the board of directors of the group, said “Don Taylor is master of many skills, is incredibly patient and well-loved by all the vets he comes in contact with. He is a wonderful instructor; he helps vets build bamboo fishing rods, shows them how to tie fishing flies and also teaches casting. In addition he makes six-sided rod cases from wood. All of this he does as a volunteer to help disabled vets.”

The group meets from 9 to 11 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Augusta American Legion Hall, 294 Capitol St. The nonprofit group provides disabled vets with fishing equipment, transportation, food and lodging at different fishing venues and each vet is provided with a volunteer guide who stays with them while fishing.

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