PENINSULA — It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans. To help provide care and support that reflects the important contributions made by these men and women, Harbors Home Health and Hospice has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Harbors Home Health and Hospice has met stringent requirements that will help improve the care their team of professionals and volunteers provide to the veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War pass away — and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is beginning to rise.

The “We Honor Veterans” campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. Partners can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practice for providing end-of-life care to veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Harbors Home Health and Hospice is able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Harbors Home Health and Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

To learn more about “We Honor Veterans” or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, visit www.wehonorveterans.org

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