Every day, we have the distinct honor of providing hundreds of U.S. military veterans with hospice or home health care. We take pride in thanking our veteran patients with special recognition throughout the year. For Veteran’s Day this year, because they were unable to hold the traditional pinning ceremony, Heartland Hospice serving South Central Wisconsin prepared and delivered something special to their veteran patients. Bereavement coordinator, Carmen Sperle, tells how the hospice team was able to recognize veteran patients during these unusual times.
“We take pride in supporting our veterans on their end-of-life journey. Our team is part of the We Honor Veterans Program, launched by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is committed to improving care for veteran patients. To celebrate Veteran’s Day this year, we prepared vases of carnations and our volunteers made handmade ‘Thank You’ cards signed by the entire team.
Due to many COVID-19 restrictions, we were limited to how we could deliver our gifts. Someone from the team was able to deliver the flowers during the week of Veteran’s Day along with a personalized certificate. Not only did our veteran patients receive these gifts, but our veteran team members and volunteers were also honored! We ensured that local facilities received pins of recognition for all veterans who reside in the facilities. Whenever we were able, our staff participated in pinning the veterans in those facilities. While the day might have looked different from previous years, we ensured our veterans were not forgotten!”