VITAS Honors Veterans, Past, Present and Future

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Nov 13, 2019

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At the end of life, every patient has different needs, goals and wishes. When that patient is a veteran, providing appropriate care requires insight into the challenges they face throughout life, not only at its end.
VITAS Healthcare, the nations leading provider of end-of-life care, understands that veterans of the US Armed Forces face life-shaping experiences throughout their military careers: Rigorous training, long deployments away from loved ones and the experience of combat all test the limits of the human body and mind.
The physical, mental and emotional scars of these experiences may linger long after a veterans service ends, and their needs at the end of life can be severe and varied. Since 1978, VITAS has had the honor of meeting those needs.
VITAS employs specialized admissions personnel and representatives with military experience to help patients nearing the end of life understand how hospice can help. Once a veteran is receiving care from VITAS, these veteran liaisons ensure the patient has access to every benefit to which theyre entitled.
The best way to honor veterans is to let them know that we care, and were here to support them, says a VITAS representative and decorated veteran. Out of 22 million veterans, only 8 million are enrolled in the VA. The key is getting the word out.
VITAS in Chicago participates in We Honor Veterans (WHV), a program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to improve care for vets in hospice. VITAS also shows veterans how much their service is valued through special events, activities and memorials, including trips to the Washington, DC, war memorials via the Honor Flight Network.
VITAS offers many other services for retired military personnel, from pinning ceremonies to challenge coin presentations. Support groups for veterans and their families are also available. Sometimes, all a veteran needs is a conversation with someone who knows what they have been through.
Editors Note: Article submitted by Cathy Carlson, general manager for VITAS Healthcare in Chicago. For more information about end-of-life care options, call VITAS Healthcare at 866.759.6695 or visit

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