Goshen Hospice honors veterans during pinning ceremonies

November 5, 2018

GOSHEN, Ind. – George Myers tells everyone who visits about his recent pinning ceremony. Myers served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Pinning ceremonies are part of Goshen Hospice’s We Honor Veterans (WHV) program. The program increases access to compassionate, high quality hospice care for veterans who are facing serious and life-limiting illnesses.

“George is so happy and proud of this honor,” said Brenda Wilkinson, BSN, RN, CHPN. “He loves to talk with our veteran volunteer who visits with him.”

To mark Veterans Day on November 11, Goshen Hospice volunteers and care teams present commemoration pins to veterans who are receiving end-of-life care.

“Many of our veterans have unique needs at the end of life,” said Wilkinson. “We want to listen and learn about how military experiences may have affected their lives and the lives of family members.”

One out of four dying Americans is a veteran. Many who have served in the military struggle with unfinished business at the end of their lives. Through veteran-specific education programs, hospice care teams have learned how to care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, service-related diseases and other conditions.

A Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program pairs patients with a veteran volunteer who can talk about their military service during pinning ceremonies and other visits.

“Veterans will tell a fellow veteran stories about their military service that family members have never heard before,” explained Wilkinson. “They feel comfortable with another military veteran in the room and will open up.”

Goshen Hospice has partnered with the WHV program since 2017. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs developed the We Honor Veterans program in 2010.

For more information about the We Honor Veterans program or to volunteer, contact Goshen Hospice at (574) 364-2700.

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A recent pinning ceremony honored George Myers’ service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was surrounded by his son Dave, daughter-in-law Vickie and Goshen Hospice volunteer and fellow veteran Gary Wilkinson (right).