It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Southeast Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Southeast Hospice will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Southeast Hospice is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, We Honor Veterans partners also have access to tools to help support those for whom they are caring.
“Southeast Hospice is honored to be the first Hospice in Southeast Missouri to be recognized as a We Honor Veterans partner, and to join other hospices throughout the country in showing support for our country’s veterans,” says Vickie Schnurbusch, MSN, RN CHPN, patient care coordinator for Southeast Hospice. “Our staff and volunteers are committed to providing veterans with the best care possible. America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country. We believe it is our turn to serve and honor them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Southeast Hospice has a long-standing commitment to serving veterans and has contracted with our local Missouri Veterans Home since 1996, Schnurbusch adds. Most recently, Southeast Hospice staff helped organize the "Let Freedom Ring" celebration on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Southeast Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Pearla Smith says the event was designed to "let our veterans hear and know that we appreciate their sacrifice and service."
To learn more about We Honor Veterans, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.