We Honor Veterans

We Honor Veterans program is a collaboration between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Veterans Administration, designed to help hospice professionals meet the unique needs of dying Veterans. We Honor Veterans provides Seasons Hospice and hospices across the country with a liaison at the Veterans Administration (VA) who can assist with arranging for physician coverage and expedite the hospice referral process, as well as making information about hospice more accessible and understandable to veterans. It promotes the concept of keeping people in their own communities while still being able to access to the coverage VA offers for hospice care. It simplifies the enrollment process for those veterans who wish to access their benefits.

For our hospice staff, it provides ongoing education about the special needs of veterans and the impact of military service, of having been in battle, of having survived when others have not, so that we can fully participate in life review and can offer support and understanding at a deeper and more effective level. The
We Honor Veterans website is rich with resources for patients and families, from financial benefits to forms to tools for coping with emotional issues stemming from service. The tools give us more confidence in meeting the unique needs of our veterans, and allow us to enhance and personalize our care.

The fact that NHPCO and VA have seen this need and come together to build this program says a great deal about growth of hospice and the increased recognition that excellent care at end of life, benefits everyone.

Taking the time and making the effort to honor those who have served our country is not a new concept for Seasons Hospice. It has always been our practice to inquire about the military history of our patients and to thank them for their service. In 2007, with the help of community members committed to veteran causes, we established our Veterans Grant to provide financial assistance for stays at our hospice house, and we began working with volunteers to make veteran visits to those who expressed interest. We Honor Veterans is an extension of these efforts, and by participating, we have access to support and tools that help us to do even more for our veterans.

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Rose Harris and Ginny Houck of Mantorville VFW
#4555 Ladies Auxiliary deliver packets for distribution to our Veterans
in honor of Veterans Day. Each packet contains a handmade
patriotic-themed pillow case, homemade cookies, a picture colored by a
young student, a poppy and a note of thanks. What a thoughtful way to
help us honor our Veterans! Thank you, VFW #4555.