There are approximately 26 million veterans alive today. More than a quarter of Americans who die each year are veterans. A huge wave of new veterans from recent periods of service will need hospice care. However, the Veterans Administration reports that only about a third of veterans have enrolled for VA benefits. Many are not aware of the benefits available to them, including the Medicare Hospice Benefit and VA-paid hospice care.
HPCANYS has always had a focus on underserved populations. Unfortunately, our nation’s veterans are one of those populations. Veterans have unique, often unrecognized hospice needs that complicate the dying process. For example, military culture instills stoic values that might interfere with peaceful dying. Additionally, combat veterans’ last experience with death may have been filled with fear, horror and helplessness on the battlefield.
In 2004, HPCANYS partnered with the Veterans Administration to establish a Hospice/Veterans Partnership in NYS that would help our member organizations serve and support veterans by meeting their unique needs and the needs of their families as they provide hospice and palliative care services.
The Hospice Veterans Partnership (HVP) that was established aligns with the missions of both organizations.
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” — Abraham Lincoln
To promote the availability and accessibility of quality hospice and palliative care for all persons in New York State confronted with life-limiting illness.