Every year in the United States, a quarter of the population that dies is veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the contributions made by these men and women, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As a We Honor Veterans partner, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the veterans. The nation is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans is rising.
The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. Partners of the organization can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans in their organization.
As a result, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. Additionally, in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association will also work to find tools to support those in need.