10 Reasons You Should Commit To Caring For Veterans

In light of the news that Chester Nez, the last of the World War II Navajo “code talkers,” died yesterday, (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) we wanted to share with you some remarks made at the 2014 Aging in America Conference general session on veterans and their families. Scott. T. Shreve, DO, National Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spoke poignantly at the event about the “We Honor Veterans” campaign and offered 10 reasons you should commit to caring for veterans.
Reflecting on the life and service of Chester Nez, we’d first like to skip to reason #2:
The veteran in front of you may be the last one in an era of our nation’s history.
Ten Reasons You Should Commit to Caring for Veterans
10. The veteran in front of you may have scars you cannot see.
9. The veteran in front of you may have been spit on when returning from war. 
Resource: The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD.
8. The veteran in front of you may never have been thanked for their service.
Dr. Shreve shared this video from the Hospice Foundation of America about how to educate your staff about working with veterans. You can learn more on the HFA website.
7. The veteran in front of you may not look like combat veteran, but it can help to know it.
6. The veteran in front of you may be from the Greatest Generation and in a few years they will all be gone.
Honor Flight is a movie about caring for veterans from World War II:
5. The veteran in front of you may need forgiveness to get closer to being at peace.
4. The veteran in front of you may be a decorated hero.
3. The veteran in front of you may enrich your life in ways you never realize.
Click here to learn about Medical Foster Homes, a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that places veterans who may require nursing home care but prefer a non-institutional setting, in the homes of trained caregivers.
2. The veteran in front of you may be the last one of an era in our nation’s history.
1. The veteran in front of you may have seen these beaches many years ago:

Coast of Normandy, France
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