National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Collaborates with Dignity Memorial® to Expand Reach to Veterans

Nov 08, 2012, 09:07 ET from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, one in four dying Americans is a Veteran. These men and women often carry experiences from their military service that present unique challenges at the end of life. Across America, hospice professionals are enhancing their skills to meet these needs through "We Honor Veterans" (WHV), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, originally developed in partnership with the Departments of Veterans Affairs.



"We Honor Veterans" is expanding to reach more Veterans through a new collaboration between Dignity Memorial (a network of funeral homes) and NHPCO. The resources and tools have been enhanced to support the education and training available to funeral home professionals across the country.

As the founding WHV Community Partner, Dignity Memorial is the first corporate collaborator to join NHPCO to build on the success of the We Honor Veterans program. This partnership is designated solely for non-hospice organizations that understand the importance of serving Veterans based on their preferences for care and services.

As the nation prepares to honor our nation's heroes on Veterans Day, November 11, attention to the many needs of Veterans throughout their lives is emphasized.

"Dignity Memorial providers have always been focused on serving our veterans with respect, integrity and dignity. Through the We Honor Veterans program, we hope to assure that every veteran receives such care no matter the service provider they choose. We are honored to be a part of such an incredible and innovative program," said Diana Vazquez, Director of Hospice and Community Relations for the Dignity Memorial network.

In collaboration with NHPCO, Dignity Memorial will develop four levels of distinction based on the facilities' involvement with Veteran education and interaction with Veterans and their family members. These levels will ensure that the very best care is being provided to those who have served our country.

"In developing We Honor Veterans, we have learned so much about what makes the end of life so unique for each veteran. Reaching out to those outside of the hospice community means that we can share all that we have learned about how to meet those needs in a supportive, meaningful and respectful way. We're so pleased that Dignity Memorial has joined us in that pursuit," said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.

To learn more about the We Honor Veterans program, please visit:

Jon Radulovic
NHPCO, Vice President of Communications
Ph: 703-837-3139

SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization