Greensboro, NC -- Every veteran has a story, of service, of sacrifice. All too often, the people closest to them never hear those stories.
Now, a new program with the motto "It's Never Too Late to Say Thank You," is changing that.
It's the "We Honor Vets" program through Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Usually when you think of Hospice, you think end-of-life medical care. This program goes beyond that.
"The hospice interdisciplinary team members work closely with patients and families to identify their needs, wants, desires, whether they be physical, emotional, spiritual," said Pat Gibbons, the Director of Beacon Place with Hospice. Gibbons says 96% of veterans get their care in their local communities, not through major VA medical centers.
The program is also designed to help families of the veterans. The veteran may never have spoken of their military service, but that services may impact how the veteran deals with declining health and impending death. The Hospice program trains workers to help the veteran with his or her specific needs.
Hospice also offers programs including counseling, education and grief support to the public. You can learn more about them by visiting www.hospicegso.org.