The We Honor Veterans Program is a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families, hospice and palliative care providers, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff, learn how to accompany and guide veterans through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. It surprises many people to learn that 680,000 veterans die every year in the United States—that’s 25 percent of all U.S. deaths. Hospice providers work to help these heroes at the end of their life’s journey.
The Hospice-Veteran Partnership (HVP) Program is a collaborative effort between the VA and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). HVPs are comprised mainly of VA facilities and community hospices, the two primary providers of hospice care for veterans.
Hospice of Charles County has embraced several facets of the We Honor Veterans program that benefit our patients who served in our armed services:
The Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program is an innovative model for serving veterans at the end of life. The Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program aims to pair recruited veteran volunteers with hospice patients. Once paired, veteran volunteers tend to have a unique ability to relate to and connect with veteran patients and their families.
Education. We have educated our hospice team to identify and respond to the unique physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of veterans.