This blanket was issued to my father, Phillip Curtis Worden, when he joined the US Navy in 1946. He didn’t want to be a hero, he served so that he would become eligible for the GI Bill. After his time in the Navy, he went to Denver University where he became the first person in his family to graduate from college and eventually became a professor at Yakima Valley College in Yakima, Washington.
The GI Bill was the instrument of change not only for my family, which went from working class to middle class, but also for millions of other American families.
My father taught me to value education, to love jazz music, and to live with and collect art. I wish to donate this blanket in his honor.