It may surprise many people to learn that 25% of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice of the Valleys has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Hospice of the Valleys will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for our staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans we proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korean war pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam war veterans is beginning to rise.
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of the Valleys is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Hospice of the Valleys will find tools to help support those they are caring for. “It’s been an honor to work with Hospice of the Valleys to help build their We Honor Veterans program,” states Marine Chief Warrant Officer 5, Anthony Christopher. CWO5 Christopher provides Pinning Ceremonies to veteran patients of Hospice of the Valleys and says he feels a connection with the veteran patients and hopes that someone would do this for him when his “time comes.”