Heartland Hospice Serving East Central Wisconsin has achieved Level Four status with the “We Honor Veterans” program for their continued care and support of the veteran population. Level Four is the highest status level for “We Honor Veterans.”
All wars are different and provide unique experiences and often difficulties for the Veterans who served in them. “We Honor Veterans” was launched by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers.
“We Honor Veterans” provides four levels of recognition to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to improving care for veterans. In order to reach Level Four, Heartland was tasked with conducting community education presentations on topics relevant to veterans, updating organization policies and procedures to assist veteran patients and their families in accessing benefits and developing its Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program.
Heartland honors every veteran on their service with a certificate of appreciation and commemorative pin. Heartland also hosts education and recognition events throughout their service area to recognize the service and sacrifice of local veterans. The newly developed Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program matches active duty or veteran volunteers with veteran hospice patients to provide companionship and record stories.
“Our veteran volunteers are able to make special connections with our veteran patients,” says Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Vis.
To learn more about the We Honor Veterans initiative, the steps that our agencies have taken to receive this acknowledgement or to see where other Heartland agencies are at in the process of achieving this honor, click here.