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celebrate our veterans... a berks county man who served is using his skills to keep his battle buddies warm. >>rob vaughn: wfmz's tom rader has the story. >> reporter: in the apartment of 7?yea? old army and navy veteran joe cates...*nat sound cloc* >> reporter: as the clock ticks...*nat sound cloc* >> reporter: joe sews another stitch... >> joe cates / veteran (22:26.06) "start out right here, down the row... and keep going." (22:32.15) >> reporter: ... and continues to create his warm works of art. >> joe cates / veteran (22:38.14) "you have a picture to start out with. the pattern itself is a picture." (22:45.03) >> reporter: he's far from an army base in nuremberg, germany. >> joe cates / veteran (19:50.13) "four years in the army, four years in the navy." (19:53.06) >> reporter: no ammunition here, rather big stockpiles of yarn. but like picking up skills in the military, you learn as you go. >> joe cates / veteran (20:57.04) "some things are tricky and some things aren't." (00.16) >> reporter (bridge) from one small stitch to 70 of these lap robes, joe donated them all to the lebanon ?a. >> joe cates / veteran (23:28.16) "i said i'm a knitter. what can i do? they said "lap robes, lap robes, lap robes. so i gave them 79 lap robes." >> reporter: emma bausher with the mifflin community library stitching group where joe is a regular... >> emma bausher / stiching group member (34:22.14) "well he's just outstanding, how's that? >> reporter: ..says joe, like a pattern on a quilt, blends right in. >> emma bausher / stitching group member (:34:31.28) "a woman came in, she was a knitter. she had a problem, didn't know how to resolve it. took it over to joe and she was happy

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