It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent 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, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans (WHV), a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a WHV partner, VNA will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they proudly serve. Veterans in the care of VNA Hospice receive a special pinning ceremony, thanking and acknowledging their service and duty.
“VNA Hospice of Indian River County is committed to compassionately caring for the men and women who have served our country,” said Vice President of Clinical Services, Kathy Orton. “Our Hospice team believes that the We Honor Veterans program will enable us to meet the unique needs of our veterans.”
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, VNA is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, VNA will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
“We Honor Veterans 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,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, WHV will channel our combined strengths directly to veterans – wherever they are receiving care.”
The resources of WHV focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org. To learn more about VNA services, please visit www.vnatc.com.