Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.
A special "We Honor Veterans" Recognition was given by Mountain Hospice to the veterans, and family members who have loved ones currently deployed or family members who have served. These veterans and family members reside at the Baughman Towers in Philippi and were so appreciative of this special pinning and recognition. A few of the veterans and family members spoke about their military experiences.
These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation's veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.
Taking part in a veterans recognition ceremony by Mountain Hospice are, back row, Nevin Woodford, Junior Shreves, Craig Poling, Max Hymes, David Lucy and Michael White; and front row, Patty Delauder, Carla Creed, Wilma Foster, Ruth Murphy, Loeda Stafford, Pearl Alcorn and Edwina Thomas.
As our nation marks Veterans Day, Mountain Hospice deepens its commitment to increase veterans' access to the compassionate, high quality care available from the nation's hospice and palliative care providers. One of the ways it is making this happen is through active involvement with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that we created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
There is something else that's important for every American to do - and that is to say, "thank you" to our country's veterans. Not just on Nov. 11 but all year long.
Ask your friends, neighbors, coworkers and others in your community whether they have served in the military - you may be surprised how many have - and thank those who have served for their sacrifice.
It surprises many Americans to learn that every day,1,800 veterans die. That's more than 680,000 veterans every year or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.
If you know a veteran who is in need of the special services hospice provides and brings to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about the available options. Information is available from NHPCO's Caring Connections at www.caringinfo.org or by calling Mountain Hospice, 1-888-763-7789.
To all our nation's veterans, thank you.
If you would like to support work being done at the national level to expand care for veterans at the end of life, please visit www.WeHonorVeterans.org/Support. To support your local hospice outreach efforts contact Mountain Hospice's Shannon Putnam, director of development.