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Hospice and Veterans


More than 2.5 million men and women serve our country in the Armed Forces, through active duty and reserve forces, or as civilians.  In 2001, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established an initiative to address the end-of-life needs of veterans through collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and other hospice organizations and advocates.  Today, the NHPCO’s “We Honor Veterans” program is dedicated to working in partnership with the VA to provide the highest quality of hospice care and services for veterans and their families.  This module reviews the collaboration between hospice and the VA, the special needs of veterans, and the role of hospice aides and staff in caring for veterans and their families. This module contains the following learning objectives:

  • Describe the rationale for collaboration between hospices and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Explain the benefits of hospices working with veterans and the VA
  • List the special needs of veterans on hospice
  • Describe four types of PTSD symptoms
  • Discuss the needs of families of veterans
  • Review the ways hospice aides and staff can enhance the veteran’s hospice experience


  •  Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Special Needs of Veterans
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  •  Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance