In 2001, the Department of Veterans Affairs established their Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative which created a national network of end-of-life care advocates for our veterans. This program ensures our nation’s veterans receive the best end-of-life care and their families also receive extraordinary support. Hospice of East Texas is honored to be the only hospice in our region certified as a National Hospice-Veteran Partnership Program, and we take the trust afforded us by our veterans seriously.
Our entire staff is involved with honoring each veteran who is admitted onto our service. In addition to having veteran recognition in their room at HomePlace, when the veteran leaves HomePlace for the last time, our staff fills the hallways of HomePlace with hands on our hearts; recognizing the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. The flag of the military branch in which they served covers their body and will be flown at half-staff for several days. Our Home Care veterans also receive certificates of recognition, their branch flag and lapel pin for their faithful service to our country and as always, our chaplains are continuously available to stand beside every veteran and family.
Veterans took an oath to serve our country and our oath is to allow every person to pass with honor, grace and dignity. It is what we do; and what we do well.