Board of Directors/R4 Alliance
Severely injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Juliet C. Madsen was medically retired from the United States Army at Fort Bragg, NC in 2006, after more than seventeen years of service. Juliet served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, she holds degrees in Biology and Public Health/Para-medicine.
After leaving the military service, Juliet moved to Parker, Colorado with her husband and three children where she became actively involved in her own recovery and in the recovery efforts of other veterans. Through the Veteran’s Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Program, she founded Stroke of Luck Quilting & Design in 2007 and began making quilts to raise awareness of, and raise money for veteran’s charities. Her first effort was the Ultimate Sew-in and Auction, which raised over eight thousand dollars for the 2010 Veterans Wheelchair Games and provided five hundred quilts to disabled veterans. Juliet now serves as an Ambassador for the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) and speaks publicly on veteran’s issues, and recovery from TBI and PTSD.
Today, Juliet’s quilting serves a dual role as therapy in her recovery from TBI/PTSD and as a vehicle to raise money for veteran’s charities. Her quilts have been auctioned to raise money for Higher Ground, Operation TBI Freedom, and Passport to Hope among others. Her quilts have been hung in the Denver VA Medical Center, the Colorado State Capital, The Pentagon, The White House and the Library of Congress.
Juliet’s passion for veteran’s charities and recreational therapy programs, has led her to develop a week long clinic that mixes the art of quilting, with recreational therapy. The R4 Alliance will enable Juliet to ensure that her fellow veterans will receive the quality and continuity of care that she has received during her recovery and growth post Iraq.