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We Honor Veterans program launches in the DSC

by | May 25, 2018 | Not In USe

By Bryan Ruth, Health & Caring Ministries

Jeff Judson and Bob Coleman, both veterans. Photo by Patricia Magyar.

Recently, the Health and Caring Ministries Committee of the Desert Southwest Conference adopted a modified version of the We Honor Veterans program being introduced to our churches over the next several months. With over 520,000 Veterans in Arizona alone, and another 226,000 plus Veterans in Nevada, this program offers an excellent opportunity for our Churches to demonstrate to these men, women, and their families our appreciation for their service as well as a ministry for us to serve them as Jesus served the Centurion in Matthew by healing his servant. On Sunday, April 22, thirteen veterans from all branches of the U.S. military were honored during the worship service. Youngtown United Methodist Church is the first congregation in the Desert Southwest Conference to implement the We Honor Veterans program.

An important piece of the We Honor Veterans program is honoring our veterans with a certificate of appreciation and pinning them with the American Flag. A majority of the veterans accept the recognition with a quiet sense of pride while some say a simple, “thank you,” and others share a story of their service. Veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars will tell you they have never received any recognition for their service. Regardless of one’s position on war, until we learn to love the way Jesus demonstrated and taught, we will continue to have veterans. These men and women deserve our respect and appreciation.

Our Conference learned of the program through Valiant Hospice & Palliative Care of Tempe. They are recognized by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) as a Level Four (highest rating) Partner in the We Honor Veterans program. Launched in October 2010, the We Honor Veterans program is a collaboration between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is a pioneering campaign to help improve the care Veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers.

Key content in the We Honor Veterans program includes:

  • Learning about the unique needs of Veterans and their families
  • Education about caring for Veterans facing serious illness
  • Coordination of care with VA and other healthcare organizations
  • Provides a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer program
  • Commits to providing the best quality healthcare

For more information on how you can honor the Veterans in your congregation, please contact Bryan Ruth at bryanrutha7@yahoo.com.

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