Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military.
These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nations veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.
As our nation marks Veterans Day, First Choice Home Health & Hospice deepens our commitment to increase veterans access to the compassionate, high-quality care available from the nations hospice and palliative care providers. One of the ways were making this happen is through our active involvement with We Honor Veterans, an innovative program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization that was created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
There is something else thats important for every American to do and that is to say, thank you to our countrys veterans. Not just on Nov. 11, but all year long.
Ask your friends, neighbors, coworkers and others in your community whether they have served in the military (you may be surprised how many have) and thank those who have served for their sacrifice.
It surprises many Americans to learn that every day, 1,800 veterans die. Thats more than 650,000 veterans every year or 25 percent of all the people who die in this country annually.
If you know a veteran who is in need of the special care hospice and palliative care bring to people facing serious and life-limiting illness, please reach out and help them learn more about care options. Information is available from NHPCOs Caring Connections at www.caringinfo.org or by calling the HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898.
To all our nations veterans, thank you.
If you would like to support work being done at the national level to expand care for veterans at the end of life, please visit www.WeHonorVeterans.org/Support.
Kara L. Craig, M.A., is hospice administrator for First Choice Home Health & Hospice in Boise.