Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans
No matter the war or military action, whether Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or Merchant Marines, whether combat era or peacetime, those who pledged their service to our country should be recognized and honored regularly. But even more important is taking care of these dedicated men and women when they are battling a life-limiting illness. America’s veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country, and the hospice professionals at Chapters Health System want to serve our military veterans with the dignity they deserve.
Through our Veterans Program, the hospices of Chapters Health — Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice and LifePath Hospice — hospice staff and volunteers receive education and training necessary to serve veterans through the challenges they may face from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience as a result of serving in the military. We partner with the local veteran community to improve end-of-life care for our nation’s heroes.
Services Available from Our Veterans Program
The following are some of the services that are available to our veterans:
- Volunteers who are veterans, with similar life experiences are available to visit and assist the veteran in reminiscing and telling life stories
- Individual ceremonies to honor the veteran and their family
- Assistance in connecting with the Veteran History Project
- Education/assistance with veteran benefits
- Special events to honor veterans
- Life Legacy Projects allow for individual life stories to be recorded, written or created in a journal for the family’s personal use
At Chapters Health, we believe that by recognizing their unique needs, we can accompany and guide America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
Veteran Volunteers Needed
More than 25 percent of all hospice patients are veterans. At the hospices of Chapters Health, volunteers who are veterans are matched with patients who also have a military history. Our program is designed to offer support to veteran patients from someone who can relate more closely to their experiences. Volunteers receive ongoing training and support specifically related to veterans’ end-of-life-issues.
To become a Chapters Health volunteer, simply complete the online volunteer application and a Chapters Health volunteer coordinator will contact you. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 863.551.3943 in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties for Good Shepherd Hospice; or 727.816.3647 in Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties for HPH Hospice; or 813.871.8237 in Hillsborough County for LifePath Hospice.