Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and support at the end of life. That’s why Rockbridge Area Hospice is on a mission to learn how to serve veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.
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.
We Honor Veterans is a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. By recognizing their unique needs, we can learn how to accompany and guide America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
Thanks to contributions from the Rockbridge Area Hospice Board of Directors and a grant from the Carilion Clinic Foundation, Rockbridge Area Hospice is providing education to our staff and volunteers, developing recognition ceremonies, and providing a veteran-to-veteran volunteer program (where veteran patients are assigned veteran volunteers who can better know and understand the background and needs of the veteran patient).
America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country. We believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up to acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.
Become a Veteran-to-Veteran Patient Care Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a part of the We Honor Veterans program as a veteran-to-veteran volunteer contact Rockbridge Area Hospice, 540-463-1848 for the next training date or visit online, www.rockbridgeareahospice.org.
Arrange to have someone speak to your group about the We Honor Veterans program
If you are interested in a presentation for your civic or church group, contact Rockbridge Area Hospice, 540-463-1848 to express your interest
or to receive more information.