If you are tending to a veteran’s healthcare needs, you understand the unique treatment they may require due to their specific life experience. One important program you should know about is called We Honor Veterans, which offered to promote recognition and activities to help meet your veteran’s needs.

At Kindred, we care for many seniors and veterans who have experienced times of heightened military service due to our country’s participation in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. That’s why we are active participants and members of We Honor Veterans, which is offered through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration.

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The program provides educational tools and resources with the goals to:

  • Promote Veteran-centric educational activities
  • Increase organizational capacity to serve Veterans
  • Support development of strategic partnerships
  • Increase access and improve quality

Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice, for instance, offer a variety of recognition events, pinning ceremonies and Veterans Day celebrations across the country. You are welcome to participate in any of them – they are free to the public.

To find out if such support and activities are available in your area, check the calendar section of your local newspaper. Or, contact your local chapter of the VFW. Or better yet, connect with the local chapter of Veterans Affairs (the VA) – you can use this location finder from the We Honor Veterans site.

You are doing your best to care for a loved one, and that’s commendable in itself. It’s also an incredible way to thank a veteran for his or her service. But you don’t have to do it alone. Tap into community resources specifically geared toward veterans to let others contribute to the support you provide.

To learn about Kindred’s services in your area, call 1.866.KINDRED to speak with a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are proud to support our nation’s veterans and their caregivers.

How are you honoring your veteran? Let us know in the comments below.

By Mike Ogburn