Crowley resident Vera Rogers uses her talents to recognize service members who have died while on active duty. Rogers transforms their fatigues into a memory bear for their families.
Rogers, whose husband is retired military, has completed five of the bears and has two others in process. Each bear takes about three days to complete.
Rogers is a member of the Matthew Freeman project, a small network of volunteers across the country who sews the bears. The mother of Matthew Freeman, a Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, created the program to honor fallen American heroes.
Rogers has volunteered at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South since 2007, tallying more than 2500 hours in the medical records department.
In her spare time, Rogers also knits, crochets and quilts. Each year she makes a custom baby quilt for the gift basket given to the first baby of the year born at Texas Health Huguley Hospital. She has also sewn small calico bears for the children in outpatient surgery at the hospital.