Hospice program designed for veterans

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Many Americans do not realize that one in four deaths in the U.S. are Veterans.

As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, November 11, it's important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with an advanced illness.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs created We Honor Veterans to empower hospice and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill Veterans and their families. As a We Honor Veterans partner, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire is providing specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. In 2016, VNH provided services to nearly 180 Veterans.

"VNH has always remained committed to the care of the courageous men and women who have served our country," said VNH President and CEO Jeanne McLaughlin. "We honor America's Veterans and the 4,500 We Honor Veterans partners that have made a commitment to provide quality Veteran-centric care to our nation's heroes living with advanced illness."

Within the We Honor Veterans program, there are four levels of distinction that VNH can earn based on its involvement with Veteran education and its interaction with the Veterans and their family members that they are caring for. The goal of these levels is to ensure that very best care is being provided to those who have served our country. VNH has achieved Partner Level Two status from We Honor Veterans and is currently well on the way towards attaining Partner Level Three. In addition to VNH, there are a total of four We Honor Veterans hospice partners in the state of Vermont, two that are Level 1 and two that are Level 2.

Visit www.vnhcare.org for more information.


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