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UC Davis Hospice Program supports We Honor Veterans program

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Daniel Woolsey, center, is a U.S. Navy veteran and patient of UC Davis Hospice. The hospice program honored Woolsey, shown here with his family, for his service to the nation.

The UC Davis Hospice Program is part of We Honor Veterans, a national organization that addresses the unique needs of America's veterans, their families and community organizations.

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program invites hospices, state hospice organizations, hospice-veteran partnerships and VA facilities to participate.

As part of We Honor Veterans, UC Davis Hospice Program staff and volunteers completed an educational program and are providing educational workshops to VA and VFW groups. The highlight of the program is the We Honor Veterans Pinning Ceremony. These ceremonies, conducted by veteran volunteers and staff, acknowledge each veteran on hospice for their commitment to their country.

Twenty-five percent of all deaths in the U.S. are veterans. That's 1,800 people a day and more than 680,000 veteran deaths every year. As the nation honors them for their military service on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, We Honor Veterans emphasizes the importance of remember that they deserve recognition and compassionate care at the end of life's journey.

Financial support is key in ensuring continued success of the program. Read more about "We Honor Veterans."

How to help

Volunteer support

Volunteer support is an essential part of the hospice program. Volunteers provide companionship, caregiver relief, practical services and spiritual support. The UC Davis Hospice Program is a member of the Sacramento Hospice Consortium, which provides hospice volunteer training throughout the year at different times and locations.

It is a 24-hour long training, which adheres to the standards of the National Hospice Organization. For more information, contact Don Lewis, bereavement and volunteer coordinator, at 916-734-1139 or Donald.lewis@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.

Philanthropic support

Donations are used to provide end-of-life care to terminally ill patients who otherwise would not receive care, and to assist with other patient needs.

Donor gifts provide access to hospice benefits, counseling for grieving families, in-home nursing support, Thanksgiving dinners, and the payment of utility bills and other items not covered by insurance.

Donations to the Hospice Memorial Fund may be made online, via check, money order, major credit card or payroll deduction. All gifts are tax deductible.

Hospice creates giving societies

To recognize its many supporters, the UC Davis Hospice Program has created a "Friends of UC Davis Hospice" giving society.

Caring Hands -- $1,000 a year (one-time gift or cumulative giving per year) entitles members to a membership pin, invitations to health system events and lunch with Jack MacMillan, medical director.
Compassionate Hands -- $5,000 a year (one-time gift or cumulative giving per year) entitles members to a membership pin, invitations to health system events, VIP entrance to the annual "Celebrate Life!" event and a private lunch with Jack MacMillan, medical director.
To learn more about becoming a "Friend of UC Davis Hospice" contact Michele Steiner, associate director of development, at 916-734-9116 or Michele.steiner@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.