1 Out of Every 4 Americans Dying is a Veteran
Soldiers who have gone to war often come home with special issues that remain unresolved for decades. They may have seen combat, even witnessed comrades die in battle. Yet they may tuck the trauma away deep down inside, never saying a word about wartime experiences to family or friends. Only in hospice, perhaps in a conversation with a nurse, volunteer or member of the clergy, might those memories finally surface, healing heart and soul.
That’s why Amedisys is proud to participate in the We Honor Veterans program. In fact, 96 percent of our hospice care centers are participating in this program – 80 care centers in 22 states!
Walter Hall participating in an Honor Flight, a program celebrating veterans from World War II and the Korean War.
We Honor Veterans is a national awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to help hospice professionals better understand the challenges veterans may be facing due to illness, isolation or traumatic life experiences and guide them to a more peaceful death.
Hospices earn their level in the program by completing activities that increase awareness while educating caregivers and community members on the unique issues facing veterans at the end of life. That designation is used to help Veterans Affairs staff and veterans identify hospices that have made a commitment to offering veteran-specific care and services.
Amedisys strives to make sure our veterans have access to excellent care and the opportunity to die with dignity. Just as our veterans served, so should we serve our veterans.