SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED US
By recognizing the unique needs of Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, over 1,000 Hospice and Palliative Care providers across the nation have joined forces with their local VA healthcare providers in the “We Honor Veterans” initiative. Hospice and Palliative Care providers are expanding their skills and capacity specifically for serving the needs of Veterans with excellent success. This is particularly important for Veterans who experienced combat service or other trauma, as it presents a unique dimension during this meaningful time in their lives.
Locally, we have been participating in the “We Honor Veterans” program for eight years. We have trained our staff and volunteers to successfully address the unique needs of Veterans, always in an appreciative and dignified manner. Family members and loved ones of Veterans also benefit from this wonderful service. They are able to be better caregivers and enjoy quality time together.
When a Veteran is admitted for hospice services, a hospice team member asks the Veteran if they would like to participate in a ceremony in appreciation and recognition for their sacrifice and time in service. For many, this is the very first time they have been thanked for their military service. The ceremony takes place wherever the Veteran is. It is a very touching and moving experience for them with an extra special meaning for their families.
Hospice Volunteers that are Veterans themselves often perform these presentations due to the special bond that Veterans have with one another. They often stay after the ceremony to share special time and stories with their comrade in arms. Over the past eight years, we have provided over 500 ceremonies to our patients who have served our country, presenting them with a special pin and personalized Certificate of Appreciation.
Tammy Christman, Director of Volunteer Services, coordinates the program and says, "It is a true privilege for our organization to be a part of the “We Honor Veterans” initiative. The natural bond and mutual respect shared by our volunteers and patients who have served in the military is beyond words.”
If you know a Veteran with a serious, progressive illness, CALL US ANYTIME, WE'RE HERE 24/7 TO:
- Learn about their current circumstances and concerns
- Understand what is important to your friend or loved one
- Explore what services he or she qualify for and discuss their options
- Help them and their family Feel Better and Live Better.