Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died in service of the United States of America. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. A day of observance, Memorial Day is a day to remember what President Lincoln termed “the last full measure of devotion.” On the other hand, Memorial Day is also an opportunity to remember and honor those Veterans who are still with us.
Many Americans do not realize that 1 in 4 of all deaths in the United States are Veterans. As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service, it’s important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with a serious illness. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. As a “We Honor Veterans” partner, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice provides specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness.
One of the first agencies in New Hampshire to partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice realized quickly the benefits of the “We Honor Veterans” program. Peter Cassell, Hospice Volunteer and Army Veteran himself, is quick to point out how beneficial the relationships are between “We Honor Veteran” volunteers (who are veterans themselves) and the veterans who are receiving care from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.
Peter describes how veterans have gone through many of the same experiences, and because of this relate to each other very quickly. Peter also tells stories about visiting veterans who are surrounded by their family, sometimes three and four generations, and when asked about their service to our country start talking about witnessing and being a part of some very important history. Sometimes this is the first their families have heard these stories…but Peter explains it is because of the common bond held by veterans. The We Honor Veteran program is also an important tool in providing good care. It allows for volunteers who have been veterans themselves to make frequent visits to Veterans in our care. These visits provide socialization, respite for family members and can even help to make sure Veterans in our care have needed resources and benefits. Caring for Veterans, being able to honor them, listen to their experiences, give them a certificate of appreciation for their service, a lapel pin, a warm red, white & blue quilt, and a salute is something Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to do.
ABOUT Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is “Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services.” Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice serves Lakes Region communities in Belknap and Southern Carroll County and provides Home Care (nursing and rehabilitation services in the home); Pediatric Care (direct health care, education and support services for children and families); and a comprehensive, team-based Hospice program. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified provider of home care and hospice services, licensed by the State of New Hampshire. The agency is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and supported by private and corporate donations.