We Honor Veterans Recognizes Service
Gilchrist works together with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and local VA offices. As a result, hospice providers are better equipped to understand the complex end-of-life care needs of veterans.
Gilchrist ensures that this special group is recognized and respected. We do this through important discussions, life review and special salute to service ceremonies. Call our veteran coordinator with questions or for more information at 443.849.8337.
Since July 2012, Gilchrist has completed four levels of the We Honor Veterans partnership program. As a result, we have made great strides in our ability to better serve veterans and their families. By earning the four-star program rating, we show our commitment to providing the highest quality end-of-life care for veterans.
Salute to Service Ceremonies
A touching part of the program is the salute to service ceremony. It allows us to say “thank you” to veterans for their service to our nation. And it shows that we recognize the hardships that all veterans have endured as a result of their willingness to risk their lives to maintain our freedom.
Working with the veteran’s family, the Gilchrist staff and volunteers come together to present the veteran with a special pin. This service is a token of our thanks and gratitude. We hope that every time a veteran sees their pin, they know their military service is deeply appreciated.
Gilchrist has performed hundreds of special, and even large-scale, salute to service ceremonies for veterans over the years. Please take a moment to view some of their stories.
Vet-to-Vet Task Force
Another component of our We Honor Veterans program is the Vet-to-Vet Task Force. It is a volunteer-based service that provides active duty or veteran outreach to our veteran hospice population. Nothing can compare to the intrinsic bond, trust and camaraderie of someone who understands the military experience.
Welcome Home Celebration
Gilchrist’s Welcome Home celebration honors the veterans in our care as well as all of the veterans in our community. The celebration coincides with Maryland’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans. The celebration thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our country. Learn more about the event.
Veterans History Project
Veteran volunteers accompany students to interview our veteran patients about their military service. Then they submit the written or recorded work to the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. This will help future generations to better understand the realities of war. The submission is also given as a gift to the veteran and their family. Whenever possible, the interviews are conducted by students from the local high schools we partner with.
Veteran volunteers visit local elementary, middle and high school students. While there, they read to students and share their stories about service to our country. In return, the children make cards of gratitude that we give to veterans during our tributes. Cards are also given out at our events on Veterans Day and Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Operation Gratitude is our way of engaging younger generations to honor and pay tribute to our veterans.