Woman makes quilt for Hoosier veteran, service dog

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A WISH-TV viewer made a quilt for a Hoosier veteran recovering from a traumatic injury and trying to get his life back.

After 26 surgeries and years of rehabilitation, Marine veteran Nick Bennett said the effects of PTSD made him unable to be the father he wanted to be. Until he received his service dog Festus from Project 2 Heal.

Bennett said Festus had helped him cope with what happened and that he is finally starting to return to a more normal life.

His story touched Janet Robbins, who decided she wanted to make a quilt for Bennett. Robbins called WISH-TV for help.

“I saw him on your newscast last week and I thought I want to make a quilt for him. He deserves it. He has sacrificed his life for our country, he’s fortunately still alive, but I just wanted to do something nice for him,” Robbins said.

Robbins not only made a quilt for Bennett, she made one for Festus as well.

“Especially when you think you don’t deserve love. Especially when a lot of things you’ve done and seen, you know you feel so undeserving, so unworthy. To have somebody come off the street and say ‘I love you in spite of everything,’ it’s too overwhelming,” Bennett said.

Robbins said she has made more than 900 quilts for different groups over the past several years. She says it’s her way of helping people in need.

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