PORTSMOUTH, OH— It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, SOMC Hospice has become 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.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, SOMC Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, SOMC Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, SOMC Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.
“Our community is filled with men and women who served in our armed forces. We want to make sure that our Veteran patients and their families receive the care and recognition they deserve.” said Scott Hilbert, Coordinator of Hospice Relations. “Through partnering with We Honor Veterans we are taking a step forward in helping hospice patients, families, staff and providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life more effectively in our community.”
A portion of the We Honor Veterans program encompasses a pinning ceremony for Veterans who are now under the care of SOMC Hospice. This allows those who have served our country to receive recognition in a unique way for the freedom they fought to defend. SOMC Hospice is currently looking for volunteers to help with the Hospice Veterans Pinning Ceremony.
To learn more about the SOMC Hospice Veterans Pinning Ceremony or to be involved through volunteering for the program please contact Scott Hilbert at 740-356-2567 or email at HilbertS@somc.org.