One of every four Americans who dies is a veteran.
Catawba Regional Hospice, as part of its commitment to military servicemen and servicewomen, makes it a point to identify and honor each one that the organization serves.
CRH has been recognized as a Level 4 partner in the We Honor Veterans program, a joint collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This status is held by only three other hospice providers in NC.
The achievement of this highest level of participation caught the attention of US legislators recently, including Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).
To understand the impact and solemnity of a veteran's pinning - which acknowledges military service with a ceremony, a certificate, a lap quilt, and a flag pin - Senator Burr's field representative, Josh Ward, attended the service honoring PFC Glenn C. Canipe, a World War II veteran.
Following remarks by Dave Clarke (Catawba Regional Hospice's President/CEO) and veteran volunteer SMSgt Daryl Cornett (assigned to Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters at Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, as the First Sergeant for the Force Generation Center), Ward thanked Canipe for his service.
Canipe fought in the Philippines and was a rifleman and bayonet expert of Company C, 126th Infantry Division. The sole survivor of his 35-man platoon, he is the recipient of five Bronze Stars for heroism and meritorious service.
From October 2014 through October 2015, Catawba Regional Hospice served 262 veterans in its specialized program. Many of these patients were also paired with one of 24 veteran volunteers, who offer a unique understanding of military service, along with companionship and camaraderie.