Serving Those Who Served Us

We Honor Veterans is a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Launched in October 2010, We Honor Veterans is a pioneering initiative to improve the care Veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers .

Did you know?

  • 1 out of every 4 dying Americans is a veteran.
  • Many of the 674,000 veterans who die each year are Medicare beneficiaries but aren’t aware of the Medicare hospice care benefit.

Good Shepherd Hospice is pleased to participate in the We Honor Veterans program, building on the trust we’ve established with patients and their families through the years by recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who face life-limiting illness. More than just service, We Honor Veterans is an orientation in the Hospice Philosophy that includes Veteran-specific education for our team to better serve Veterans and their loved ones. We Honor Veterans is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

What Every Veteran Should Know About Hospice

Common Hospice Myths

  • Hospice is only used in the final days of life.
  • Hospice means you are giving up.
  • Hospice is a place.
  • Hospice is only for people with cancer.

Hospice care is provided to the patient wherever they live, whether that is a house, Assisted Living center, Nursing home or hospital. People with a wide variety of conditions – including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, COPD and Renal Failure – may be eligible.

While hospice emphasizes the dignity and comfort of an individual, it is not the waving of a white flag. Expert medical care is key to the hospice approach and the change in protocol often provides a sense of relief for individuals who can now focus on achieving the highest possible quality of life.

Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans and HMOs. Regardless, no patient is turned away for the inability to pay.