“We Honor Veterans” is a program designed to thank veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to our country. Gilchrist and other hospices throughout the country collaborate with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and local VA offices. As a result, hospice providers are better equipped to understand the complex end-of-life care needs of veterans.
Through important discussions, life review and special “pinning ceremonies,” Gilchrist ensures that this special group is recognized and respected.
Since July 2012, Gilchrist has completed all four levels of the We Honor Veterans partnership program. As a result, we have made great strides in our ability to better serve veterans and their families. Also, by earning the highest program rating—four stars—we show our commitment to providing the finest in end-of-life care for veterans.
We Honor Veterans Pinning Ceremonies
A touching part of the program is the pinning ceremony. It allows us to say “thank you” to veterans for their service to our nation. And it shows that we recognize the hardships that all veterans have endured as a result of their willingness to risk their lives to maintain our freedom.
In coordination with the veteran’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. Therefore, we hope that every time a veteran sees their pin, they know their military service is deeply appreciated.
While Gilchrist has performed hundreds of special, and even large-scale, pinning ceremonies for veterans over the years, please take a moment to view some of their stories.
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 population. When it comes to reviewing one’s military experience at the end of life, nothing can compare to the intrinsic bond, trust and camaraderie of someone who understands the military experience.