We Honor Veterans Program
Serving Veterans Who Served Us
To help provide the care and support that reflects the important contributions made by our nation's veterans, UnityPoint Hospice is a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering program developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
One out of Four Dying Americans is a Military Veteran
As a We Honor Veterans partner, UnityPoint Hospice has implemented veteran-centered education and resources for staff and volunteers to help provide the best care possible to the veterans we proudly serve. We help through companionship, providing assistance with veteran benefits and honoring their service. We recognize that there may be some specific needs related to a veteran patient's military service, combat experience or other traumatic events that we can help support through our care.
Additionally, we offer the opportunity for our veteran patients to be honored for their service through a pinning ceremony done by hospice staff. The veteran is encouraged to invite their friends and family to participate and share memories.
UnityPoint Hospice also provides a vet-to-vet volunteer program. This allows veteran patients to be paired with a hospice volunteer who is also a veteran who may have a better understanding of what the patient has experienced. Veteran volunteers may help with:
- Providing companionship
- Life review
- Letter writing
- Respite care for caregivers needing a break
- Participating in veteran recognition
- Assisting with veteran benefits
Make the Connection
Launched in 2011, MakeTheConnection.net connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans' own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.
- Problems with alcohol or drugs: https://maketheconnection.net/symptoms/alcohol-drug-problems
- Suicide: https://maketheconnection.net/conditions/suicide
- Group therapy and peer support: https://maketheconnection.net/stories/715
- Anxiety disorders: https://maketheconnection.net/conditions/anxiety-disorder