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CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE VNA & HOSPICE CELEBRATES VETERANS WITH HERO TREE

Every year the We Honor Veterans group from Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, consisting of a team of dedicated veteran volunteers, Jennifer Legassie, Hospice Director and Chief Clinical Nurse, Randy Macdonald, Volunteer Coordinator and Maria Babineau, MSW come together to honor veterans of the past and present by displaying a tree draped in red, white and blue at the Bank of New Hampshire, Laconia and Huggins Hospital lobbies.

Friends and family are invited to visit the tree and write the name of their veteran loved ones on ornaments to hang proudly.  Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice strives to always respect and honor those who have selflessly given of themselves to protect this country and all who call it home.

The staff at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice wish to give a special thank you and salute to all who have served and continue to serve our country.

Jennifer Legassie, RN, Hospice Director, Chief Clinical Nurse

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Honors Veterans

lrvna, lakes region, franklinMemorial 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.
Moultonborough, Moultonboro, 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.

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Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and

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Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Volunteer Peter Cassell

support at the end of life. While our mission may be straightforward, fulfilling it is anything but simple, as each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs. And when it comes to the needs of America’s Veterans, if we are unprepared, our mission can be challenged or even made impossible.
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. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is proud to be able to step up, and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.
Not too long ago client and decorated WWII Veteran Jim Ferriman was honored for his Service by Hospice Volunteers and Veterans John Walker and Peter Cassell. The two gentlemen presented a “We Honor Veterans” certificate and lapel pin to Jim who lives in Gilmanton, NH. Jim is a veteran of World War II, having served in the Italian campaign where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal, which he was wearing at the presentation.
Jim is a member of a family in which four generations have served in the Army throughout our Country’s history, fighting in major wars. His great-grandfather fought in the Civil War; his father fought in World War I; Jim fought in World War II and his son, Jim, fought in Vietnam.
Jim and his wife Alice (better known as Bernie) have been married for almost 70 years. When he deployed to Europe in WW II, he missed the birth of his daughter Joan and did not return home until she was almost 2 years old.

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Volunteer John Walker with James Ferriman during one of their visits

Family and friends were witness to the wonderful presentation. Jim was “thrilled” that he was being presented with the certificate and pin. Hospice Veteran Volunteers John Walker and Peter Cassell are part of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice’s Veteran to Veteran Program that seeks to honor Veterans who are in Hospice care and thank them for their service to our Country. They were privileged and honored to have been able to make the presentation, and proudly rendered him a well-deserved salute.
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.