“Hospice care is much more than physical comfort care for the terminally ill. Hospice care focuses on the total needs of our patients. As we get ready for Memorial Day, a holiday designed to remember the fallen veterans who served our country, we at Hospice are proud to honor and recognize the gift our living veterans have made.”
Edo Banach, President and CEO, NHPCO
It may be surprising to learn that 25 percent of those who die each year in the U.S. are veterans. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in Korea pass away, and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise as well.
Many times veterans are hesitant to share their service experiences. Some have never even shared their combat or war stories with their spouse or best friends because it’s just too traumatic. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of Central New York and Hospice of the Finger Lakes is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.
We have volunteers, who are veterans themselves,
Service recognition is a priority for hospice programs. So much so that the National Hospice & Palliative Care Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs created a program called “We Honor Veterans” to specifically ensure that Americans who have served are recognized. Why? Organizers of the program say it best, “It’s the last chance for a grateful nation to show their appreciation.”