Love Your Freedom? Thank a Veteran!
“The Veteran in front of you may never have been thanked for their service.” -NHPCO
This November 11th when you wake in the morning, take a moment to be grateful that you live in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” Since virtually the beginning of time, men and women around the world have gone to battle to fight for justice and the right to live as we choose. Love your freedom? Don’t take it for granted. Thank a Veteran.
At Heart ‘n Home, Veterans Day has special meaning. For one thing, a number of our employees and Volunteers are military Veterans, and many of our employees have family members who have served or are serving today. Our military Veteran patients truly inspire, affirm, and teach us every day, every time. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Heart ‘n Home patients have served every branch of the military.
- Our patients served in WWII, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and Middle East.
- When the Army rejected him for flat feet, one of our patients joined the US Coast Guard “…to do my part.”
- At least one of our patients witnessed the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima.
- At least one of our patients worked with the Navajo Code Talkers.
- At least one of our patients was an Army Nurse during WWII.
And the list goes on. At Heart ‘n Home, we recognize that each Veteran has a unique story and that’s why we partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Veterans Administration to honor our Veteran patients with the best Veteran-centric end-of-life care available. As a Level 4 We Honor Veterans participant, our Veteran patients are guided toward a more peaceful ending by experts who address their physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns related to the military service experience. Our employees use a Military History Checklist to understand and treat the unique needs of each Veteran patient. One of our most important events is the Veteran Recognition and Pinning Ceremony, an opportunity for family, friends, and Heart ‘n Home to say “Thank you for your service.” For many Veterans, it’s the only time anyone has ever said it.
This Veterans Day, look for Heart ‘n Home in the Bend and La Grande, Oregon community parades! And, if you’re in La Grande, after the parade stop by the local American Legion Post 43 (301 Fir Street) for spaghetti where several of our employees will be ready to serve you a hot meall! In La Pine, Heart ‘n Home will host a Veteran who will speak to a group of elementary schoolchildren who will then present Heart ‘n Home with hand-drawn pictures (framed with a poem of thanks) to our military Veteran patients. La Pine Heart ‘n Home will also attend “Wreaths for Veterans” at the La Pine Cemetery (16345 Sixth Street) on Veterans Day.