Military veterans, especially those who saw combat, can experience the end of life differently than those who didn’t serve. It’s important to provide these heroes with specialized care that honors their service to our nation and the unique physical and emotional challenges they may face. Community Hospice & Palliative Care serves veterans of all ages and experiences with compassionate care. We also honor their legacies in very special ways.
For some military veterans, the psychological effects of combat can remain dormant for years, only to re-emerge when they are facing their own mortality.
To help meet the needs of the more than 200,000 veterans who live in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties when they develop symptoms of advanced illness, Community Hospice & Palliative Care provides specialized support focused on the unique end-of-life needs often experienced by military veterans and their families.
Our physicians, nurses and expert counselors are specially trained and prepared to identify these needs and assist in the healing and resolution process for veterans and their loved ones.
We train our psychosocial staff to focus on a veteran’s experience, including whether they personally experienced combat. In addition, clinical staff receive ongoing training to recognize and address emotional, moral and spiritual pain that can result from combat and affect the dying process.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care also is a Level Three Partner of We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization that offers education and resources to hospices that serve veterans.
As a community-focused and community-supported organization, it’s important to all of us at Community Hospice & Palliative Care to give back to the communities we serve in equal measure to what they provide us. We do this by investing significant resources in community-focused programs, as well as outreach and education. The goal is to ensure all First Coast families get the care and support they need, regardless of ability to pay.
Our veterans receive special recognition for their service, including a commemorative pin during a formal presentation. If admitted to one of our Centers for Caring, we place the flag of their military branch outside their room. The flag is then presented to the veteran's family after his or her death.
We also invite all veterans to participate in the Veterans History Project, a Library of Congress program that collects, preserves and shares accounts of American war veterans for future generations.
Along with traditional reimbursement for hospice services, we offer payment options to veterans with TRICARE. As with all Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients, we provide care and support to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Community Hospice & Palliative Care Veterans Partnership (CHVP) includes veterans and staff from Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Department of Veterans Affairs, local naval installations and other groups that ensure excellent end-of-life care is available to area veterans. CHVP hosts outreach to veteran groups and an annual family caregiving conference.
The CVHP supports the Veterans History Project's (VHP) First Coast Chapter, a local group of volunteers who record veterans’ wartime stories and share them online and with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Learn more, apply to be interviewed or to serve as a volunteer at VHPFirstCoast.org.
We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to support hospice, VA and related organizations in accompanying America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. Learn more at WeHonorVeterans.org.