News Release

Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
Visit us at www.nwhealth.org


Hospice of Northwest Michigan Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, in partnership with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans. We Honor Veterans is a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Hospice of Northwest Michigan will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. 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 beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. "Partners" 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 into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice of Northwest Michigan is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran's  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Hospice of Northwest Michigan will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

"All hospices are serving Veterans, but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces," said Lynda Bockstahler, Director of Home Care & Aging Services for the Health Department. "Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in serving Veterans at the end of life."

"VA shares a common goal with hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting," she said.  “"As we focus on working together and uniting our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care."

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information regarding We Honor Veterans, call Bockstahler at 231-547-6523.


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