UR Medicine Home Care proudly provides the We Honor Veterans program to ensure each and every veteran receiving hospice care gets the proper attention and a hero’s welcome home in their last days. We partnered with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Affairs.
During a formal pinning that publicly acknowledges military service and sacrifices, each veteran is given a certificate, a pin and an American flag blanket. A staff member reads formal words of appreciation and ceremonially places the blanket’s stars over the veteran’s heart.
We not only honor the veterans we serve, we provide for their special needs. Due to combat, many face unique health risks from a variety of hazards, including exposure to psychological trauma, chemical agents, and illnesses that are not common in the U.S. Our professionals have special training that enables them to understand and address these medical concerns.
Through this program, our agency has also made many connections within the community and collaborates with organizations to meet non-medical needs of patients and their families. For example, we can connect patients and their loved ones to the Veterans Administration to uncover benefits and direct families to organizations that arrange burials at sea and in national cemeteries.
Volunteers who are veterans also play a significant role in this program. Their presence at pinning ceremonies is invaluable, and the instant bonds they create with veteran patients can foster rich and healing conversations. Are you a veteran or do you know someone who is? Consider volunteering or spread the word! Read our We Honor Veterans Volunteer brochure here.