“As our country observes Veterans Day, it is most appropriate that we celebrate a hospice programme that has made significant strides in reaching veterans,” said NHPCO president and CEO, J Donald Schumacher, during the presentation of the Access Award.
Award recipient VITAS of Dayton began the Veteran’s Initiative three and a half years ago to ensure that information about hospice is readily available to veterans and their families who are facing serious and life-limiting illness. Among the many activities supporting veterans, they provide outreach services to local homeless veterans and partner with the Department for Veteran Affairs to provide supportive services to drug and alcohol dependent veterans.
NHPCO, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has taken steps to help healthcare providers better serve veterans at life’s end through the ongoing efforts of the We Honor Veterans campaign. More than 1,600 hospices across the country are participating in the We Honor Veterans campaign.