We are very proud to be a Level 3 partner with We Honor Veterans, a collaboration between the VA Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Calvert Hospice has been a member since 2012, and we are constantly working to improve the services we provide to our veteran patients. We believe it is important to recognize veterans’ service to our nation, especially those who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam who, in many cases, did not come home to a hero’s welcome.
How does Calvert Hospice Honor Veterans?
We provide veterans with an opportunity to share their military experiences with our staff and with veteran volunteers who are uniquely suited to serving them. We have Vet2Vet volunteers who have also completed our comprehensive volunteer training and are able to visit with patients in their homes. Our veteran volunteers understand military culture and often have experiences in common, which helps promote conversation and allows the patient to open up and share with someone who “gets it.”
Our staff and veteran volunteers offer a salute ceremony as a final honor for patients. The salute ceremony includes a presentation of a certificate that acknowledges the veteran’s service, a pin from We Honor Veterans, a poem presentation, and a blanket that is handmade by our staff and volunteers. Veteran volunteers attend and offer patients a final salute, an honor and thank-you for the service and sacrifice given for our great country.
What can you do to help?
If you are a veteran and want to help Calvert Hospice honor veteran patients, please contact Amanda Peterson, Volunteer Coordinator, for a volunteer application. Our next training will be held November 7, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House. Amanda can be reached at 410-535-0892 ext. 4003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to donate financially to our program, please visit our Make a Gift page to make your donation and note “We Honor Veterans” in the comments area.