Memorial Hospice has achieved Level Three Partnership with “We Honor Veterans” program, an awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the “We Honor Veterans” website partner directory here http://www.wehonorveterans.org/partner-directory which shows our new status and points out that we are one of just a few hospice organizations in the state (and the ONLY organization in Yakima County) that have reached this level of commitment with “We Honor Veterans”.
Some highlights from our last report that earned us Level Three status include:
* the Vet to Vet volunteer program pairs veteran patients in both palliative care and hospice programs with a veteran volunteer. We have seen some truly wonderful connections made through this program. An update… we just welcomed three new veteran volunteers at a recent volunteer training!
* the initial phase of beginning “pinning ceremonies” in which veterans are thanked for their service and presented with a pin that relates to their service time
* the planned inclusion of a veteran volunteer to join our We Honor Veterans committee
* continued in-service training for staff and volunteers which focuses on veteran-specific issues
The mission of serving veterans and their families with compassionate care specific to their needs is so important. We are pleased to be a part of a community so committed to its veterans.