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Hospice of the Valley is a member of the “We Honor Veterans” program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which was created to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans.
This program is focused on accompanying and guiding America’s veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending.
Through special training, our staff and volunteers have learned how to serve veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.
The program fits with our organization’s philosophy to acknowledge that each patient has a unique life story and a unique set of needs that must be respected, especially at the end of one’s life.
We believe our veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home.
It is our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.
We are honored to be a part of this program and we are also grateful to our local veterans who volunteer in our “Vets to Vets” Volunteer Program. They help us recruit and train veterans to assist with other veterans who are at the end of life.
Complete this form to have Wendy Steckler, our volunteer coordinator in Basalt, or Ruth Walker, our volunteer coordinator in Edwards, contact you about volunteer opportunities.
Remembering Our Veterans:
Our Veteran Volunteer Coordinators:
Our “We Honor Veterans” Program is led by Wendy Steckler, volunteer coordinator at Hospice of the Valley in Basalt, Colorado and Ruth Walker, LMFT who works out of Hospice of the Valley in Edwards, Colorado.
Our Volunteer Veterans:
Heinz Coordes, United States Air Force, retired
Dan Gliden, United States Navy, retired
Darryl Grob, United States Army, retired
Pat Hammon, RN, United States Army Nurse Corps, retired
Dick Merritt, United States Marine Corps, retired
Do you have questions about the We Honor Veterans Program at Hospice of the Valley? Here are a few interviews we have done with TV8 on the topic: