“We Honor Veterans” Program

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.


Colonel John Bemis, United States Marine Corps

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.

Jim Hayes

Jim Hayes, U.S. Cavalry, United States Air Force

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 Marti Barbour, our volunteer coordinator in Basalt, or Gail Britt, our volunteer coordinator in Edwards, contact you about volunteer opportunities.

Remembering Our Veterans:

Jim Hayes, U.S. Cavalry, United States Air Force

Colonel John Bemis, United States Marine Corps


Our Veteran Volunteer Coordinators:

Our “We Honor Veterans” Program is led by Marti Barbour, volunteer coordinator at Hospice of the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and Gail Britt 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:

Hospice of the Valley Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Veteran-to-Veteran Program at Hospice of the Valley

We Honor Veterans Program