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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton honored six Veteran volunteers and seven staff members at its American Pride® Veteran Honor Breakfast on Nov. 14 in the Community Room at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.
Welcomed by Mary Murphy, president of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, the ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance led by Col. Jeff Johnson, USAF (Ret.), and the reading of the creeds from each branch of the military. J. Thomas Hardy, D.O., chief of staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center, spoke about “Thoughts on Veterans Day.”
Each Veteran honored received a challenge coin from Ohio’s Hospice. “These coins are given to our Veteran volunteers and staff as a way to say thank you,” said Amy LeVan, director of volunteer services at Ohio’s Hospice. “We appreciate the efforts of our Veteran volunteers and staff who provide exceptional support services to our Veteran patients and their families.”
Through American Pride®Veteran Care by Ohio’s Hospice, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton honors the service of Veteran patients and assures them of receiving the highest quality of care. In addition to celebrating and thanking Veterans for their service, American Pride assists patients in obtaining access to all the benefits to which Veterans are eligible, provides spiritual support, and addresses individual post-traumatic stress issues.
Through participation in Honor Flight, Veteran pinning ceremonies and special observances and celebrations, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton celebrates the lives of Veterans and honors their contributions. For Veteran patients who are not physically able to participate in Honor Flight, the American Pride program offers them an opportunity to take a virtual trip to Washington, D.C., to tour war memorials and benefit and benefit from the nation’s expression of gratitude for their service. This virtual visit can provide closure, ease emotional pain, and fulfill long-standing dreams for patients facing the end of life.
“We are pleased that Dr. Hardy was our speaker at the American Pride Veteran Honor Breakfast,” said Glenn Costie, chief of Veteran services at Ohio’s Hospice. “This event was a wonderful way to thank our Veteran volunteers and staff for all they do to support the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.”