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Grandmother passes out homemade blankets to wounded veterans in Cleveland

Just one of a number of volunteers at the VA
Posted at 4:53 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 18:15:50-05

A Brunswick grandmother is warming the hearts and bodies of some wounded veterans in Cleveland.

Priscilla Paroska spend Veterans Day at the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, passing out 30 blankets she crocheted herself.

“Every stitch was made with love and there’s a lot of stitches in there,” Paroska said.

The recipients included 20-year U.S. Air Force engineer Michael Eaton, who was recently hospitalized after he broke his back in a deer hunting accident.

“It’s everything. That’s all it takes,” he said of the gesture, “I don’t even need that. Just a thank you was good enough."

Many of the nation’s veterans could use some cheering up. The VA’s own 2011 study showed one in ten vets was clinically depressed.

“A lot of times you don’t know if anybody cares. It’s like people forget about you,” Eaton said.

It’s why a group of Northeast Ohio high school students also spent the day volunteering their time at the hospital.

Student ambassadors from Heroes and Halos, a group that advocates for the disabled, spent time playing bingo and video games with some of the patients.

“I love it,” Samantha Meredith said. "It’s something that I really love to do because you just get to see everyone smile and you know that you made their day.”