t 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, Unity Care 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, Unity Care 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 Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to
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, Unity Care 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, Unity Care Hospice will find tools to help support those
they are caring for.
“All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the
armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor
Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers
understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical
facilities in their communities.”
“VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best
possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred
setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans
will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans – wherever they are receiving care.”
The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate
listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care
staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important
work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.
“America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our
country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time
that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and
women with the dignity they deserve,” added Schumacher.