Workers caring for veterans in hospice care need education, tools and resources, and technical assistance to best care for those whose military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events may come to light during their time under the care of hospice.

NHPCO LogoNational Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) created its We Honor Veterans (WHV) program in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the availability and utilization of high quality hospice and palliative care for veterans and their loved ones.

“One in four dying Americans is a veteran, yet most hospices are unprepared to meet their unique and sometimes extremely challenging needs,” said NHPCO President and Chief Executive Officer J. Donald Schumacher. “The ultimate goal for NHPCO and We Honor Veterans is to ensure quality, compassionate care at the end of life for veterans and their families.”

WHV engages and supports community hospice providers in better understanding and addressing veterans’ needs at the end of life. Launched in September 2010, community hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities are invited to join the pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

For its collaborative and compassionate program, NHPCO was awarded a 2015 ASAE Summit Award which recognizes the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global level. ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.

Congratulations and thank you to NHPCO for exemplifying how associations make a difference every day to society at large.