It surprises many Americans to learn that 25% of all deaths in the United States are veterans. That’s 1,800 people a day; more than 680,000 veteran deaths every year. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Transitions LifeCare is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, hospice and palliative care providers such as Transitions LifeCare are able to accompany and guide these men and woman towards a more peaceful ending. For veterans who experienced combat service or other trauma, this can be particularly important as experiences from the past may resurface at the end of life.
“All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces. Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO (retired). “It is time that we step up and acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.”
Activities range from utilizing a military history checklist at admission, recognition events like pinning ceremonies and certificate presentations, to outreach to other community organizations.
If you are a veteran who is interested in volunteering with this program, please call 919-828-0890 and ask for Volunteer Services.
Veteran volunteer Paul Mountain shares his experiences on My Carolina Talk's "Doing Good" segment (May 20, 2016).