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We Honor Veterans

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Proudly caring for those who have heroically served our country

As a proud national hospice partner with We Honor Veterans, Visiting Nurse Health System is committed to providing end-of-life care that meets the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans and their families.

 

Program Description

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visiting Nurse, working with the VA, provides ongoing Veteran-centered education for our staff and volunteers which helps improve the care and support we provide to these heroic men and women. Integrating best practices specifically tailored for end-of-life care to Veterans, we are able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Visiting Nurse staff will assist in finding resources to help support those Veterans in our care.

Supporting Veterans and Their Families

Coordinating care with the VA and accessing benefits

Conducting special pinning ceremonies to recognize them for their service

Replacing lost medals and awards

Connecting with other Veterans

Veterans’ Stories

Hospice Atlanta and StoryCorps invited these local Veterans to share their stories about their dedication to protecting and preserving our freedom, as well as their experience with hospice. Click the links below to listen and reflect.

Ron Stewart, Hospice Volunteer

Hospice Atlanta Center Veteran volunteer Ron Stewart, 83, speaks with Jim Fox about his time in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) when he enlisted in 1951 and served in England and Germany. Ron has been a volunteer with Hospice Atlanta for more than 7 years and was honored with our 2012 Community Service Award.

Jerry Fleeman, Hospice Volunteer (Camp STARS, Pet Therapy)

In 1973, at the age of 18, Jerry Fleeman enlisted and trained as a medic in the Army.  After a robust 17-year career, a medical discharge placed him back in the civilian world. Jerry has volunteered at Camp STARS for many years and also actively participates in our volunteer program by providing pet therapy with his two dogs. Here he is talking to fellow Hospice Atlanta volunteer Jim Fox about his post-military life and career.

Elliott Mackle, Family Member of Patient

When Elliot Mackle, 75, was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, he immediately made the decision to enter Officer’s Training.  He ultimately landed an assignment in food service, which suited him as he had been cooking since he was eight.  Here he tells Hospice Atlanta’s Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Serrie, about some interesting moments in his military service, as well as his connection to our hospice program, where he came to us as the long-time partner of a patient residing at Hospice Atlanta Center.

Marilyn and Jim Anderson, Hospice Volunteers

Before beginning his career in finance in Atlanta, Jim Anderson, 76, served stateside in the Army.  He and his wife, Marilyn, 77, are both volunteers at Hospice Atlanta Center, and it is also where they sat down to reflect upon his time in the service. Jim and Marilyn have been instrumental in our We Honor Veterans program, with Jim being our first Veteran to be honored in a recognition pinning ceremony.

Frank Miele, Hospice Social Worker Intern

Vietnam Air Force Veteran, Frank Miele, 67, comes to Hospice Atlanta Center not as a volunteer, but as an intern pursuing a master’s degree in social work.  While, at the time, he was “less than ambivalent” about the war effort, he explains to Ann Serrie how serving in the military provided him with the determination and financial aid to earn the education to help others.

Paul Smith, Hospice Volunteer (Camp STARS)

Paul Smith, 69, comes from the quintessential American military family – with dozens of years of service among them.  Now as a volunteer with Hospice Atlanta, he talks with Melynda Lee about his more than 30 years working for the Office of Veterans Affairs and his involvement with Camp STARS.