We Honor Veterans Part 1
From Jeff Layne on October 31st, 2016
CSU, Chico, MSW Intern,
We Honor Veterans is a national awareness and action campaign developed by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal is to provide the best possible care for veterans, while honoring veterans’ preferences. One of the statistics presented especially underscores the need for such services – approximately 680,000 veterans die in the U.S.every year. The speakers describe the health risks that are unique to veterans, which vary depending on the era of service. For example, many World War II and Cold War Veterans were exposed to high levels of radiation due to nuclear cleanup and testing. Some Korean Vets suffer throughout their lives from cold injuries – frostbite, peripheral neuropathy, arthritis. Exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange has led to lifelong health problems for many Vietnam Vets. And veterans from more recent wars in the Middle East have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries from explosives, as well as psychiatric illnesses. Caregivers work to honor veterans’ service, no matter when and how they served.
Recorded: February 20, 2013