Hospice care for veterans

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).

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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