Veterans Day is a special day on the Hope Hospice calendar. Each year, we offer recognition to our patients who are U.S. military veterans. But we also work to honor the veterans on our patient list every day of the year.
Our staff members have received We Honor Veterans training to help them deal with the special needs of veterans. This includes learning about our country’s wars and conflicts. Giving our team a sense what these men and women may have experienced helps them better relate to veterans. Recognizing differences in attitudes regarding various military engagements is also important.
Awareness of PTSD and other conditions that may have affected their lives is vital. Such knowledge allows our staffers to provide the best hospice care to veterans.
Of course, not all U.S. veterans were involved in battle. Many served their entire military careers stateside in support positions. We honor and value their service to our nation as important contributors to maintaining our freedom.
On Veterans Day 2014, members of the Hope Hospice staff will personally visit with each of our patients who are veterans. Chaplains John Wilson and Danny Loesch and social worker Jill Stuckey will tell the vets how much their service to our country is appreciated. And, if a veteran wants to talk about time spent in uniform, our staff members will listen.
It has been our experience that U.S. veterans always welcome our thanks for all they have done for us, even if they’ve heard us say it before.
We encourage you, especially on Veterans Day, to thank a veteran for his or her service to America. Because, honestly, we cannot thank these individuals enough.
For answers to your questions about hospice care in metro St. Louis, call Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800. Hope Hospice serves patients and families in St. Louis city and county and Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin counties.