We Honor Veterans

Hospice of Marion County recognizes the special care and needs of our veterans. Through the
We Honor Veterans program we provide the support for the unique needs veteran patients at end of life may experience. We are a proud Level V Partner, the highest designation possible, in this program sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the
Department of Veterans Affairs.

Marion County Veteran Services/Resources:

Marion Veterans Services: Helps residents obtain their VA benefits including compensation, pension, health care, education, as well as death and burial benefits. (352) 671-8422

Vets Helping Vets: Helps veterans and their families including social services, counseling and more. (352) 433-2320

As a Level V partner, Hospice of Marion County has deepened its commitment to increase veterans’ access to compassionate high-quality care with veteran-specific programs and outreach activities including:

Volunteers for Veterans
Veteran volunteers provide recognition and support for fellow veteran patients. The special bond veterans share carries into hospice care as veteran patients often relate more easily with other veterans. Vet-Vet companion visits provide understanding and camaraderie for these patients. Sometimes it is simply sitting with a veteran and listening as they share their thoughts.

Pinning Ceremonies
Veteran recognition ceremonies are dignified celebrations that include the national anthem, pledge of allegiance and hymn of the veteran’s military branch help make this a special occasion.

Veterans Cafes
We provide veterans a place to socialize, bond over shared stories and provide support while enjoying free refreshments and learning about the special veteran programs offered by Hospice of Marion County. These veteran cafes are held in the Elliott Center, 3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala. Call (352) 873-7441 for dates and times.

Chaplain Services
Hospice care includes care for the whole person–body, soul and spirit. Chaplains provide spiritual care and may include sitting quietly with patients, reading from religious materials of the patient’s choosing or offering prayers that can bring comfort and peace as a veteran patient confidentially unburdens his or her soul.

Life Story
Veteran hospice patients often welcome the opportunity to share and capture their personal stories. Volunteers spend time with patients and help record special memories in a short booklet that are given as a keepsake for families.

Learn more about how Hospice of Marion County honors veterans by calling
(352) 873-7415. Veteran volunteers are always needed, call (352) 873-7441 or click here
to learn more.

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