“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 Pauli Hayes, our volunteer coordinator in Glenwood Springs, 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 Pauli Hayes, volunteer coordinator at Hospice of the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Our Volunteer Veterans:

Dan Glidden, 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