Serving Those Who Served Their Country

Past military service profoundly affects America’s military veterans as they age and creates unique clinical, psychological and spiritual issues as they approach the ends of their lives, research shows. Healthcare experts agree it is critical for their end-of-life care providers to understand, anticipate and address these needs.

“Hospices with special programs for veteran patients are much better equipped to address many of the unique clinical, emotional and spiritual needs,” said Kathy Phoenix, LCSW, Community and Veteran Liaison for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of San Antonio.

The federal government provides a wealth of assistance to United States veterans, and the Veterans Administration (VA) covers 100% of hospice care. A few of the benefits to which veterans and their dependents may be entitled to are:

Survivors Benefits. The VA provides assistance to the surviving spouses and dependents of veterans, even if they died after active duty.

Death Pension. The death pension is a need-based benefit paid to a surviving spouse and eligible children of a wartime veteran.

Burial Benefits. The VA may cover some or all of the burial costs and funeral expenses. Veterans are also eligible to be buried in military cemeteries.

Veterans account for 25 percent of all deaths every year and with more than 1,000 veterans dying in the U.S. every day, it is critical for hospice providers to offer the specialized care that veterans need and show our appreciation for the sacrifices they made for our country.

Submitted By: VITAS of San Antonio

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