Wren Hospice works to help veterans

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Sumner G. Whittier, Administrator of Veterans Affairs (head of VA) from 1957-61, died January 8, 2010, at age 98. The World War II Navy veteran led the VA under President Eisenhower and later served with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore where he worked until age 80. VA’s construction budget ballooned during Whittier’s tenure as facilities were modernized and VA began exploring the potential of computers with the acquisition of its first electronic processing systems. Whittier also championed the adoption of Lincoln’s quote – “… to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” – as VA’s official motto and had it inscribed on plaques placed at the entrance to VA Central Office.

By Michael Burns

To provide better care and support for men and women who’ve served to protect the nation, Wren Hospice of Greer has become a national partner of “We Honor Veterans,” a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Wren Hospice is implementing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to improve the care they provide for the veterans they serve and their families.
About 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, with Vietnam veterans increasingly joining World War II and Korean War veterans.
The “We Honor Veterans” campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for veterans. Partners assess their abilities to serve veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care in their organizations.
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