Did you know that 25% of all deaths in the United States are veterans? That's 1,800 people each day – more than 680,000 veteran deaths every year.* To help provide a quality of care and support that reflects the important contributions made by these men and women, Transitions LifeCare is a Level Three National Partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the 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, Transitions LifeCare is able to accompany and guide these men and women toward a more peaceful ending. For veterans who experience combat service or other trauma, this can be particularly important as experiences from the past may resurface at the end of life. Alongside our veteran volunteers, we provide support to veterans in three main ways.
HOW TL HONORS VETERANS
Upon family request, a veteran volunteer meets with the veteran patient, providing an opportunity for the sharing of stories. This one-on-one, veteran-to-veteran experience creates a safe space for the veteran to reminisce. The veteran volunteer also conducts a pinning ceremony, presenting a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin to the veteran.
Veterans Day: Provided at several local facilities, our Veterans Day ceremonies recognize and honor more than 300 veterans annually.
Memorial Day: Transitions LifeCare hosts a Memorial Day ceremony on our campus at the Veterans Garden. The ceremony honors, remembers, and celebrates those who have served through speakers, proclamations, and rituals. Members of our community and families who have donated a brick of remembrance to honor their loved veterans are invited to attend.
The Veterans Garden on our Raleigh campus is filled with bricks that families have purchased to honor their veteran loved ones who have served in the military. Each branch of the armed forces is represented on our flag post. Read more and purchase a brick.
*Data obtained from Department of Veteran Affairs, 2010