We Honor Veterans Program Information Sharing – Farmville

Centra Hospice volunteer and veteran Tom Crouse and hospice volunteer coordinator Robin McLane recently shared information about the We Honor Veterans program at the Thursday, June 2 meeting of War Veterans Foreign from Farmville (VFW). VFW Commanding Officer Dean Lord opened the meeting and welcomed the speakers. The We Honor Veterans program is about honoring our veterans with a veteran pin and certificate. Tom Crouse recently participated in several of these pins and shared his personal experience of interacting with palliative care patients who have served our country. He shared how meaningful it was to see patients honored and to share their military stories.

We Honor Veterans is part of an initiative of the Department of Veterans Affairs which is an outreach initiative of the National Hospice-Veteran Partnership. The mission of this partnership is to provide quality care to our veterans and their families until the end of their lives. Hospice gives patients a chance to have as much control as possible over their end-of-life care by providing resources, support and information so patients can make informed decisions. Another goal of this partnership is to educate community organizations about veteran issues and benefits, such as advance care planning and resources.

The VFW also supports all veterans and provides a way for them to communicate with each other. They can refer veterans to the appropriate agencies to obtain benefits. Their veterans also perform community service projects that include helping youth, churches, schools, hospitals, and law enforcement. The Farmville VFW is always looking for new members and meets the first Thursday of each month at 1616 Graham Road. For more information, visit VFW.org.

If you would like more information about the We Honor Veterans program or would like to become a hospice volunteer, please contact Robin McLane at (434)-315-5052 or robin.mclane@centrahealth.com.

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