Health Department Area 9 Hospice, which includes Phillips County, has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans.”
“We Honor Veterans” is a campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs to implement veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they serve. Many veterans of World War II and Korea are passing away. The number of deaths of Vietnam vets is also on the rise. In fact, 25 percent of those who die each year in America are veterans.
By recognizing the unique needs veterans with life-limiting illnesses face, Health Department Area 9 Hospice is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.
“All hospices are serving veterans but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces,” stated J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.
“The VA shares a common goal with our nation's hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting,” added Schumacher.
We Honor Veterans focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement.
To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
“America's veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home,” conclude Schumacher.