America's veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country, and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home.
It is the mission of Hospice Care of America, through the We Honor Veterans Program, to recognize the unique needs of our veterans and their families and, in connection with the local Veterans Administration and community partnerships, walk with them through their life's story toward a peaceful closing.
Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique challenges at the end of life. These needs are influenced by:
• Combat or non-combat experience
• Which war they served in
• If they were POWs
• Branch of service and their rank
Hospice Care of America is sympathetic to the unique needs of veterans at the end of life, and we are committed to providing expert professional hospice care to every terminally ill veteran. We understand that how veterans view their service, whether it is positive or negative, greatly impacts how they view their disease, especially if it is related to their service.
We Honor Veterans is a national hospice provider awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
NHPCO is actively supporting the campaign and providing resources for hospices to participate because a vast majority of veterans are not enrolled in VA and may not be aware of services and benefits available to them, including the Medicare Hospice Benefit and VA-paid hospice care.
As of October 2011, Hospice Care of America was awarded the highest Level 4 status through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to promote hope and healing for veterans who are facing a terminal illness.