As the nation honors American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020. Heart ‘n Home extends recognition and Veteran-centric care to military Veterans and their families when facing a life-limiting illness.
As a We Honor Veterans partner, Heart ‘n Home is providing specialized care to Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the year. This includes a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer program, recognition and pinning ceremonies, and assistance navigating veteran benefits.
In recognition of Veterans Day, Heart ‘n Home Hospice offices throughout Idaho and Oregon have planned special ways to show area Veterans how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. Our Emmett, Idaho office planned two mornings where Veterans could stop by a local coffee shop, Banducci’s, and grab a free drink.
As Veterans stopped in on November 3rd, we were able to thank them for their service and visit with them shortly. It’s always humbling to hear the experiences of the heroes who served for the freedoms that we have today. Some served during wars & conflict and some worked statewide with the reserves, but all of them gave of their time…and more. I asked a few of them if I could share a little bit of their military experiences and here are their responses.
“I come from a military family. My dad served for 25+ years. My brother was in the Marines, my cousin was in the Navy, my uncle was in the Air Force, and my great nephew is currently in the Air Force. When I was going to college there was a program called C.A.S.P. where I joined the Army Reserves. C.A.S.P. stood for Civilian Acquired Skills Program and they allowed people to use the skills they had and serve within the Reserves. I was an accountant so that’s what I did. I audited paperwork and my specialty was auditing payroll. I was able to travel a little with the reserves. I went to Seattle for trainings a couple different times. I worked with fellows from Utah for training. And I went to California.” Mary Jean Stout
“My grandpa served. I’m one of nine siblings and several of my brothers thought about serving, but none did. I always wanted to be a soldier. I played army as a kid. When I got older I talked to a Marines Recruiter and checked out the Air Force, but with my height I was too tall to fly. So, I serving for ten years with the U.S. Army. It was something that I thought every able body person could do and should do.” Sgt. James Sanchez
“My dad served and I joined the JROTC in High School. I saw a really cool poster once that had a guy in camo and I said, ‘I want to do that!’ I was told that I couldn’t be a Ranger, it would be too hard, but I decided to go for it. As a Ranger, I jumped out of planes and all that. I did a few tours to the Middle East, but served during a time of no conflict.” Fire Chief Curt Christensen
Each Veteran has a unique story to tell. Some always wanted to serve, some were drafted. Some served during war and some served during peaceful times. But each and every Veteran deserves our thanks. Each has given more than just their time. This is why we proudly honor each Veteran.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, created the We Honor Veterans program to empower hospice and other healthcare providers across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill Veterans and their families. Learn more about the We Honor Veterans program at www.WeHonorVeterans.org and about Heart ‘n Home Hospice at GoHOSPICE.com.