Community Hospice is a proud participant in the We Honor Veterans program. This is a national awareness program that focuses on strengthening partnerships and networking with other Veteran organizations to enhance veterans and their families' care and availability of services. Our goal is to recognize our Veterans' unique needs and challenges and guide them with a respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment leading to a more peaceful end-of-life journey.
Community Hospice has been awarded the “Level Three” status in the We Honor Veterans program for our ongoing Veterans Service and Outreach Activities. Our activities are as follows:
Ongoing Veteran-focused education is provided to our staff and volunteers to understand our Veterans' unique issues at end-of-life.
During our referral/admission process, a Military History Checklist is completed to identity any Veterans entering our hospice program. This allows the opportunity to connect the Veteran to available services and benefits they may be unaware of. If the individual is interested in sharing, we also attempt to capture their story in our Military Memoir Book.
Hospice-Veteran Partnerships are being developed with medical centers and service organizations to ensure Veterans have access to all benefits available to them at end-of-life.
Pinning & Remembrance Ceremonies provide a unique opportunity to acknowledge the Veteran's military service and sacrifices and his/her family. These services can be held for individuals or groups of individuals at any location/event and any time throughout the year. Our services include our Veterans Team and Community Hospice staff, recognizing the Veteran, thanking them for their service, placing a pin on their label and presenting them with a framed certificate of service and hand-held flag. Survivorship certificates are also presented, when possible, to honor the patriotism and sacrifice of the Veteran's loved ones. To date, over 425 Veterans have been honored at Pinning and Remembrance Ceremonies.
The Community Hospice Veterans Memorial is open to the public. It includes a 25 ft. flag pole in a raised ornamental area, monoliths honoring each service branch, a monolith honoring POWs and MIAs, and a monolith honoring service families. Embedded seating will offer the opportunity to sit and reflect on an honored loved one and the many who have given their lives in service to their country. The monoliths are also embossed with emblematic representations and the core values of each branch of service. Lighting has been added at the base of each monolith and the flagpole base as an added evening viewing feature. Designed by the local landscape architect and owner of Pace Landscaping, Mike Pace, the memorial building began in June. Pace Landscaping did the construction and landscaping work, and Stevenson Memorials created the beautiful monoliths.