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Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana has implemented the Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program, which is an innovative model for serving Veterans at the end of life. The goal of the Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program is to pair Veteran volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with each patient creating an environment where life review and healing may occur.

What is the importance of Veteran Volunteers?

  • Volunteers are essential to the delivery of quality hospice care
  • Veterans are part of a distinct culture with their own common language and experiences
  • When Veterans interact, their common language and experiences can form a strong relational bond
  • The camaraderie created between Veterans has proven to be supportive for all involved

What activities can Veteran Volunteers do?

  • Assist Veterans in reminiscing / telling life stories
  • Educate and assist patients in receiving Veteran benefits
  • Take part in pinning ceremonies or distribute certificates for Veterans Day and other Veteran events
  • Assist in replacing lost medals