Time to Honor Veterans...
At Homestead Hospice we are committed to those who have defended our country as a member of the armed forces. We have several programs that provide special honor and praise to veterans for their time and dedication. Homestead is proud to offer We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) that is run in collaboration with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
The Veteran-to-Veteran program pairs a Homestead’s veteran volunteer with a hospice patient who has been identified as a veteran. Once the veterans are paired together, they will have the unique opportunity to connect and share their stories. The friendship created between both veterans has proven to be supportive for all involved.
A Homestead veteran volunteer presents a certificate and honors a fellow hospice veteran with a pinning ceremony.
Pets for Vets
Through partnering with Pets for Vets, a veteran is matched with the right pet, which can provide unconditional love and support, and ease stress, depression, loneliness and anxiety. The pet will also aid in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for veterans and assist them in our volunteer training.
Five-Point Tribute to Veterans
A volunteer veteran pins a veteran in hospice for their service with a lapel pin that reads, "We thank you for your service."
Certificate of Service
A Homestead volunteer presents a certificate that notes the hospice veteran’s name, rank and branch of service. The certificate is matted and framed and signed by staff to show appreciation of the service given to our country.
Quilts of Valor
Through a partnership with Quilts of Valor Foundation a Homestead volunteer presents a quilt to combat veterans as an additional measure of comfort. The Quilts of Valor provides the veterans with a three-part message: honor, appreciation, and comfort. It thanks them for their service and the willingness to leave all that they hold dear to stand in harm’s way.
Veterans are provided an amazing opportunity to board a chartered jet to Washington, D.C., for a day of touring war memorials and to visiting Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guards.
The Final Salute
When a Homestead veteran dies, a patriotic quilt is draped over the hearse before they are transported away. Everyone in attendance does a final salute or will place a hand over their heart to show appreciation for the service given.
Call Homestead Hospice to learn more about our We Honor Veterans program or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.