Happy Veterans Day!
By Kelly Tammaro, Volunteer Coordinator, NVNA and Hospice
NVNA and Hospice has proudly partnered with We Honor Veterans, an organization recognizing the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. Through our work and support of our veteran patients and their families, we have earned their highest level of distinction, Four Star partner.
Our volunteers regularly recognize our patients for their service with a small ceremony. Annually, we will host Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) from the 27 communities we serve. We team up with these community resources to better serve our veteran neighbors across the South Shore. There will be specialized presentations highlighting each of these veterans and the dedication they gave to our country. We will also have numerous initiatives going on throughout the duration of the celebration, including a visit from local South Shore comfort dog, Obadiah and his team of Veteran handlers. He will lend his services to the attendees, and always guaranteed to put a smile on people’s faces. We are grateful to all who have served.
NVNA and Hospice Annual Veterans Day presentations within our community:
November 13 “Special Veterans Day Presentation” to recognizing residents with veteran recognition and flags at a Skilled Nursing Facility in Cohasset with specialized veteran volunteers and Obadiah, comfort dog from Scituate. Presentation includes pianist singing “God Bless America.”
November 14 “Homeless Veteran backpack collection” – 75 filled backpacks from volunteers and employees including: clothing, gift cards, thank you notes delivered by volunteers to Father Bills, MainSpring.
November 15, “Veteran Service Officer Luncheon” attended by VSOs from 27 towns, NVNA and Hospice staff and a representative from Congressman Bill Keating’s Office. Collaboration to increase access and improve quality of care for Veterans in our community.
Ongoing Veteran’s Care and Recognition within our community:
NVNA and Hospice Veteran patients, provide veteran recognition and assist families to access their VA benefits.
Education of staff on illnesses effecting Veterans.
Annual Remembrance remembering those who have passed. Ongoing relationship development with VA Medical Centers and other Veterans Service Organizations.
Legacy Chat program for patients and non-patients to preserve the history of the South Shore through storytelling and recording life experiences
Will you help us? To learn more or volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-659-2342.