Photos: The replica of the Vietnam War Memorial and the ceremony honoring veterans hosted by Center for Hospice Care.
Center for Hospice Care (Southbend, Indiana) was honored to be able to take part when “The Wall that Heals” – traveling replica of the Vietnam War Memorial – came to South Bend. Hosted at the St. Joseph Cemetery, “The Wall that Heals” was on display Sept. 19-22. Center for Hospice Care hosted a tent during the Hometown Heroes celebration on Saturday, Sept. 21. Center for Hospice Care staff and volunteers were able to present dozens of veterans with commemorative pins while thanking them for their service.
“Participating in this event was a deeply moving experience for our organization,” said Peter Ashley, community relations liaison. “Many of the veterans had never been properly thanked for their service. Being able to present Vietnam Vets with pins and say ‘thank you’ made a difference to those Vets.”
Center for Hospice Care is proud to be part of the “We Honor Veterans” program, a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Its purpose is to raise awareness among veterans of the end-of-life services and benefits available to them.
“One out of four dying Americans today is a veteran,” noted Mark Murray, CHC President/CEO. “Our goal is to address their end-of-life needs, to serve them as they have served us.”
Center for Hospice Care has achieved the Level 4 designation, in the “We Honor Veterans” Partner program. As a Level 4 partner, Center for Hospice Care integrates veteran-specific content into staff and volunteer orientation and education.
Center for Hospice Care is also proud to be an official Vietnam War Commemorative Partner with the Department of Defense. This partnership is focused on ensuring that all Vietnam vets and their families are properly acknowledged and thanked for their service and sacrifice.
About Center for Hospice Care
Established in 1978, Center for Hospice Care is an independent, community-based, not-for- profit organization, improving the quality of living through hospice and palliative care, grief counseling, and community education. With offices in South Bend, Plymouth, Elkhart, La Porte and Mishawaka, CHC serves Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Porter, St. Joseph and Starke counties in Northern Indiana.