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Navy Veteran Enjoys Making Rugs

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Everett Booten showcases his Midnight Wolfs rug in the Latch Hook category

Everett Booten showcases his "Midnight Wolfs" rug in the Latch Hook category.

World War II Veteran Everett Booten enjoys making rugs when he has the time. His entry, "Midnight Wolfs," which he said took him six months to finish, won first place at the 2011 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in the Latch Hook category. At the medical center competition, Booten entered his work for two years in this category before winning at this level. He is excited to be here for the first time, displaying his work and having this moment to share with his son, who traveled with him.

Booten, 86, of Shipman, Ill., served almost four years in the Navy in the South Pacific. He receives care at the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. "I have three more rugs I am working on -- a United States seal, Clydesdale Budweiser horses, and a moose," Booten said.

By Todd Greenman, public affairs officer, VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, Michigan

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