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A Mission to Serve

Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and support at the end of life.

That’s why America’s hospice professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.

Did you know?

  • Nearly 40% of enrolled Veterans live in areas that are considered rural, where community hospices and VA palliative care programs are not readily available
  • On any given night, more than 107,000 Veterans are without shelter and lack basic healthcare
  • Veterans aged 18 to 25 are more likely than older Veterans to have higher rates of substance abuse disorder
  • The United States National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), conducted between February 2001 and April 2003 found that the estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD among Vietnam Veterans was 30.9% for men and 26.9% for women
  • About 1 in 5 women and 1in 100 men seen in VA facilities respond “yes” when screened for military sexual trauma.

America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve. Bristol Hospice is the only hospice in Hawaii to receive a Level 4 certification with the We Honor Veterans program – the highest attainable certification level. Bristol Hospice gratefully offers education and assistance to Veterans regarding their hospice benefits.

Needs by War or Trauma

Veterans often take great pride in their service, seeing it as a period of time when they did something meaningful to make a difference in the world. However, not all Veterans see their service as a positive one or do not see their sacrifice has having made any difference, and this has resulting complications.

Understanding how Veterans view their service, whether it is positive or negative, has implications for how they view their disease, especially if it is related to their service.

Veterans & Their Needs

Hospice professionals across the country focus on a single purpose: to provide comfort and support at the end of life. That’s why America’s hospice professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.

America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.

Our Memorial Book

A number of years ago, a couple of veterans had the idea of creating a memorial volume written specifically for the families of veterans. This book would be presented as a gift and keepsake from Bristol Hospice for the family when their veteran passes away. The book was written to celebrate military service, recognize the family, define the grieving process and provide resources for assistance. It would explain to the recipients not so much what all of us did as members of the Armed Forces, but more importantly, why we did it. That volume is now a reality. It is entitled One Who Served: A Memorial Tribute to Your Veteran.

Regardless of the situation, it is a priority of the We Honor Veterans program to ensure that all Veterans receive compassionate, quality care at the end of life.  Contact us to learn more.