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We Honor Veterans

We Honor Veterans is a program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Centra Hospice is a national partner of We Honor Veterans

The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, we are able to guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. In some cases, there may be specific needs related to their service, combat experience or other traumatic events that we are able to support. 

The focus is on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. America’s veterans have proudly served their country; we now step up and fulfill our mission of serving these men and women with the level of dignity they deserve. 

We invite you to learn more

To support this important work, go to Nationalhospicefoundation.org


Why are veteran volunteers important?

  • Volunteers are essential to the delivery of quality hospice care.
  • Veterans are a part of a distinct culture, sharing a common language, experiences, code of conduct and honor.
  • When veterans interact, their common language and experience can form a strong relational bond.
  • The camaraderie created between veterans has proven to be supportive for all involved.

What activities can veteran volunteers do?

  • Visit veterans in their homes, nursing facilities or hospital
  • Assist veterans in reminiscing/telling life stories
  • Take part in pinning ceremonies
  • Assist with the distribution of veteran recognition items
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Volunteer opportunities are available in Lynchburg, Bedford, Farmville and surrounding communities. All hospice volunteers receive eight hours of training as well as ongoing support and continuing education opportunities.

For more information about this program or to become a vet-to-vet volunteer, please call us.

Volunteer Testimonial
"It is a pleasure to serve as a hospice volunteer because of the joy I see in the faces of the veterans. It is so important to let them know their service is not forgotten."
— David Kinzer