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This Memorial Day – We Honor Veterans with Compassionate Care

I believe, as I’m sure you do, that there is no greater sacrifice than service to our country. This time of year, we are all reminded of those who gave their lives to secure our freedom. But let’s not forget those who returned home. Many of the men and women who fought during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are now facing the end of life. Hosparus Health is honored to provide specialized care and recognition to these selfless individuals during such a vulnerable time.
I am writing to you today to ask for your help so we can continue to do this important work.

One out of every four dying Americans is a veteran. The vast majority of them are not enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs and may not be aware of end-of-life services and benefits available to them. As a Level Two partner in the national We Honor Veterans program, we are proud to offer customized care to any vet who needs us — from those who served on submarines and aircraft carriers, to mess cooks, to soldiers who fought on the beaches at Normandy.

As a veteran myself, I can tell you that the military is like one big family. As a We Honor Veterans partner, Hosparus Health is an extension of that family. I’ve seen firsthand the peace and comfort it gives our veteran patients and families to have people involved in their care who speak their language.

In addition to direct care, we are proud to provide special recognition to each veteran we serve. For example, when a veteran is admitted to our Hosparus Health
Inpatient Care Center (HICC), we honor them by placing a flag magnet on their doorpost and a small American flag in a vase in their room. We present them with a
handmade patriotic prayer blanket the family can keep as a memento, and a veteran volunteer presents them with a special We Honor Veterans certificate.

While these gestures might seem small, they mean so much to our veteran patients. Charlie Beck, a U.S. Navy vet who served in Vietnam
and passed away at the HICC in February, was honored a few days before he died. His wife, Libby, says, “The recognition meant more
than anything to us. It was final tribute. It was an honor and blessing shown to him for the time that he served. I wish that all our military
veterans could be honored this way.”

While we offer the same level of quality care to all our patients, we believe that giving our vets the best and most compassionate care at the end of life is an important way we can honor their service.

I am proud to work with the many employees and volunteers that care for our veteran patients who willingly gave so much for us.
Your donation this Memorial Day will help make sure that every dying veterans gets the care and recognition they deserve.

Doug Hedges  
Regional Director of Customer Support & HICC
Retired Senior Master Sergeant

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