Hospice of the Carolina Foothills says it’s never too late to thank veterans

Published 6:56pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.
These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring the nation’s veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.
As the nation marks Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills wants to share its commitment to increase veterans’ access to compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness. As part of this commitment, HOCF is a part of an innovative program, We Honor Veterans, developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Through We Honor Veterans, HOCF is ensuring that their staff is equipped to address the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans.
It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 veterans die. That’s more than 680,000 veterans every year – or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.
A generation of World War II and Korean War veterans are facing end-of-life care decisions now, and they are quickly being followed by younger Vietnam War Veterans, many of whom are confronting serious illnesses at an even earlier age.
This year, five area elementary schools are joining with HOCF to pay special tribute to the veterans currently being served by HOCF and all Veterans in the nursing facilities in which HOCF serves.
Each veteran will be presented with a piece of artwork created especially by a student at Saluda School, Sunny View Elementary, O.P. Earle Elementary, New Prospect Elementary and Campobello-Gramling School.
Some of the schools have combined the artwork project with a special learning segment about veterans. Campobello-Gramling School is adding a field trip to their learning and will deliver their artwork in person to the veterans at White Oak Manor, Tryon.
– article submitted
by Marsha VanHecke

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