WE HONOR VETERANS
"We honor veterans" is a program designed to thank veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to our country. Gilchrist has partnered with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and our local VA office for this program, which assists hospice providers to better understand the complex end of life care needs of veterans and offers a new way for us to honor their service. Through discussion, life review and special "pinning ceremonies," we work to ensure that the contributions and extra needs of this special group are recognized and respected.
Since July 2012, Gilchrist has completed all four levels of the We Honor Veterans partnership program and made great strides in our ability to better serve veterans and their families. By completing all four levels, and earning the highest program rating – four stars – we are able to show our patients that we are committed to providing the finest in end of life care for veterans.
A touching part of the program is the pinning ceremony. It allows us to say "thank you" to our patients for their service to our nation. In coordination with the patient's family, the Gilchrist staff and volunteers come together to present the veteran with a special pin as a token of our thanks and gratitude. Our hope is that every time patients see their pin, they know that their military service is deeply appreciated.
Gilchrist recognizes the hardships that all veterans have endured as a result of their willingness to risk their lives to maintain our freedom.
Over the years, Gilchrist has performed several special pinning ceremonies. To view those stories, click here.
Vet to Vet Task Force
Recently, Gilchrist initiated a new component of our We Honor Veterans program, called the Vet to Vet Task Force. It is a volunteer-based service that provides active duty or veteran outreach to our veteran hospice patient population. When it comes to reviewing one's military experience at the end of life, nothing can compare to the intrinsic bond, trust and camraderie of someone who understands the military experience.
To learn more about the Vet to Vet Task Force, or to complete the special application, download our brochure.