BENNINGTON - To help provide hospice and palliative care and support to the men and women who have served our country, VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans.

We Honor Veterans is an innovative campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) along with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans partner, the VNA & Hospice of SVHC will implement ongoing education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the country's veterans. The United States is seeing many of the veterans who served in World War II and Korea pass away and the number of deaths of Vietnam veterans also is beginning to rise. The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a system-wide commitment to improving care of veterans.

Partners in the program can assess their ability to serve veterans and, using the program's resources, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care for them. By recognizing the unique needs of veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, VNA & Hospice of SVHC is better able to guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. The program also provides tools to help support the VNA & Hospice in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran's military service, combat experience, or other traumatic events.

For more information, call Mary at (802) 442-5502.

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with education of health care staff. To learn more about We Honor Veterans please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

The VNA & Hospice of SVHC offers a skilled hospice team consisting of physicians, nurses, nurse's aides, social workers, a chaplain, volunteers and therapists. They provide a full range of nursing, medical, spiritual and support services to clients and their families, wherever the client resides.

The VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit organization that makes more than 30,000 home visits each year to residents of Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford. The VNA & Hospice is a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system serving communities in Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. To learn more about the VNA and SVHC, visit www.svhealthcare.org or their Facebook page.