Who the true heroes are

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager


The two silver stars represent completion of level two.

I don’t think it’s any secret that HPCCR is especially devoted to caring for Veterans.  We think that the men and women who sacrificed so much for this country deserve the absolute best care possible when facing the end of life.  We understand that Veterans have unique needs at end of life, often because of injuries and scars (mental and physical) that occurred during their heroic service.  And they are heroes — every single one of them.

Just this week, USA Olympic hockey team member T. J. Oshie was called an American  hero because he scored the winning goal against the Russian team.  He quickly corrected the interviewer, “The American heroes are wearing camo.  That’s not me.”

We couldn’t have said it better, Mr. Oshie.

So, in honor of our true American heroes, HPCCR has been working hard over the past year.  And we are proud to announce that we just recently completed level two (building organizational capacity to provide quality care for Veterans) of the We Honor Veterans initiative, a joint venture between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.   What this accomplishment entailed was conducting Veteran-specific presentations within our organization, integrating content about Veterans into staff and volunteer orientation processes, conducting outreach presentations within Veteran organization venues, and developing ongoing relationships with a designated VA contact and other Veterans service organizations.

Now we’re moving on to level three: developing and strengthening relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations.  We’ll be creating a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer program, continuing to develop our relationships with the VA and other Veteran organizations, integrating a military history checklist into admissions procedures, and actively participating in community events supporting our Veteran population.

Yes, we have lots to do to complete this next level, but every step is worth it.  Our Veterans represent what’s honorable and good about the United States.  They personify love of country and an innate sense of duty.  Their achievements are incalculable; they risked their lives to protect the freedom of all Americans.  To me, that’s just slightly more impressive than scoring a winning goal in a hockey game.  I think Mr. Oshie would agree.

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2 Comments on “Who the true heroes are”

  1. Dog Tales: A Hospice Dog Blog Says:

    Congratulations to your organization for receiving the level two completion logo!

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