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HQA Hosting Improving Care for Veterans Program

Hospice of Queen Anne’s in cooperation with Hospice Foundation of America is hosting Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death, a continuing education opportunity for healthcare professionals and families who either work with or care for veterans nearing the end of life. The program will be held on May 14 from 1-4:30 p.m. at Chesapeake College in Room EDC-27 of the Performing Arts Center. The registration fee is $20.

The program focuses on the aging veteran population and complicating issues of managing pain and grief in the context of serious and life-limiting illness. Post-traumatic stress disorder, military culture and experiences, sensitivities and interventions will also be explored by clinicians, researchers and veterans.

Continuing education credits are available for a wide range of professions including social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, home health aides, funeral directors, nursing home administrators and clergy. Veterans and those who have family members who are veterans will also want to attend to learn more about care systems serving veterans at the end of life.

To learn more about this program or to obtain registration materials, visit the Hospice of Queen Anne’s website at hospiceofqueenannes.org. Or you may contact Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112 or email cwilliams@hospiceofqueenannes.org.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s is a fully licensed, nonprofit organization serving Queen Anne’s and surrounding counties. Their professionals provide the highest quality compassionate care for individuals in the advanced stages of illness and support for the loved ones who care for them.

Program Helps Hospice of Queen Anne’s Care for Veterans

It may surprise many to learn that 25 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are veterans. As the nation prepares to honor these American heroes for their military service on Veterans Day, we need to remember that our veterans also deserve recognition and compassionate care when the end of life’s journey approaches. Veterans have endured unique experiences that most people will never encounter during their lifetimes; their need for customized care and support during the last phase of life is essential.

Recognizing the unique clinical, psychological and spiritual needs of veterans, Hospice of Queen Anne’s has implemented the We Honor Veterans program, a project sponsored jointly by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through education, strategic partnership resources and individual veteran recognition ceremonies, Hospice of Queen Anne’s is on its way to becoming a veteran-centric organization.

“As a hospice provider, our goal is to recognize the unique needs of the community’s veterans who are living with a terminal illness so that we are able to guide these men and women toward a more peaceful ending,” said Sharon Loving, HQA’s supervisor of support services .

For veterans who have experienced combat service or other trauma, this can be particularly important as experiences from the past may resurface at the end of life.

Loving said it is common for military veterans to be unaware of the practical resources and benefits available to them, such as memorial benefits. “We make sure during our visits that the patient and family understand all that is available to them,” she said.

As part of the We Honor Veterans activities, Hospice of Queen Anne’s also conducts recognition and pinning ceremonies for each of the veteran patients. Family members and hospice staff assemble in the patient’s home or at their bedside in the Hospice Center. They are presented with a framed certificate of appreciation, a table-top American flag, a patriotic lap quilt and a pin.

“We have recently added a new component to our veterans program,” said Courtney Williams, who coordinates the We Honor Veterans program for HQA.  “For veterans admitted to the Hospice Center, an American flag and the flag of the veteran’s branch of service are posted outside the door where the patient resides.”

To learn more about HQA’s We Honor Veterans program and hospice care for veterans, call 443-262-4100 or visit HQA online atwww.hospiceofqueenannes.org.

 

 

 

In photo, at left: Quentin O. Cupp, an 88 year-old veteran and Washington Redskins fan from Stevensville was recognized in August for his 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy as part of the Hospice of Queen Anne’s We Honor Veterans program. Pictured with Cupp in his home following the recognition ceremony is his hospice nurse, Stephanie Nicholson, R.N.

In photo, above: Pictured with Quentin O. Cupp, seated, in his home following the recognition ceremony are grandson Daniel Cupp, in uniform on left; grandson Albert Waters; and son Quentin Cupp, Jr.

Wounded Warriors

Diane May is what you might call as a “career” soldier. She enlisted in the Army in 1985 as a military police soldier and worked her way up the military ladder holding every office in the tier of rank in her area. In 1996, she joined the Reserves, starting out as a First Sergeant, then moving on to Senior Instructor, then Command Sergeant Major. She was deployed with the Reserves to Iraq in 2003 and was stationed there until 2004. During her second deployment to Iraq from 2006 to 2008, she was injured on a non-combat basis. While helping boost her team’s morale with various sports activities at Camp Bucca (located south of Baghdad near Basra), Diane’s wrist was broken in 14 different places. She was sent to Walter Reed, where she was in rehab for the next 1 ½ years. She is currently stationed in Fort Meade, MD. She is now with the Retired Reserves, a military position that offers individuals the choice to further serve their country or stay retired in the military. Through the Wounded Warriors Weekend, she is looking forward to a wonderful weekend of rest and camaraderie with her fellow soldiers. Diane says, “It’s one of the most wonderful things I’ve participated in, and these guys [that attend and help coordinate the weekend], just get it. It’s truly an unspoken bond that occurs.” We thank Diane for her great service to her country over so many years, and remember her and her fellow soldiers and the sacrifices they made this Veteran’s Day.

First Class Sergeant Shawn Cannon, age 37 and second from left, has served his country for the last 18 years. He is currently stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. Enlisting in June 1993 with the Marine Corps, he spent six years as a tank crewman and left the Corps in 1999. In November of that same year, he joined the Army and was sent to Bosnia in the summer of 2000. From there, he served three tours in Iraq: the first from 2003 to 2004, the second from 2005 to 2006, and the third from 2006 to 2009. During his second deployment to Iraq, on October 23, 2005, his life was changed forever when an IED destroyed the HumVee he and his fellow soldiers were in. He suffered damage to his left hand and various shrapnel wounds. He was then taken back to the States to rehabilitate at Walter Reed, where in 2007, he began working with the Wounded Warriors program. Married for the past 17 years, Shawn says that he can retire from the military in two to three years, but may stay in, “The Army is a good career path.” He is also very thankful for those involved with the Wounded Warriors Weekend. Shawn says, “It’s a small community coming together.” We thank Shawn for his service to our nation, and remember this Veteran’s Day what he and his fellow soldiers do every day to secure our freedom.

Second Annual Veterans Appreciation and Homecoming Family Barbeque

The Second Annual Veterans Appreciation and Homecoming Family Barbeque, in conjunction with Veterans information Fair, will be held Saturday, January 30 at the Easton Fire Hall. The Homecoming and Appreciation event welcomes veterans and community members.   Military music, the St. Michaels Museum Fife and Drum Corps, and Bagpiper Randy Welch will perform, as well as an afternoon of music by the Barrel House Blues.  Darnell’s Catering will provide the barbeque.   The event is  sponsored by the Mental Health Association’s Veterans’ Initiative, Wounded Veterans Waterfowl Weekend, Camp Beginnings,  NATRA, Delmarva  Stand Down, Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, the Bryan Nicholas Spry Fund, and the VFW Posts  5118 and 296.

The Information Fair, or muster, will be from 9:00 am until 12:00, opening with the national anthem sung by Deborah Smith.  Organized by Mike Bargiband, Coordinator for Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, it will provide information on education, health, and employment benefits and services.  A Veterans Benefit Specialist will be present.

The Homecoming Barbeque, taking place from 11:30-2:00, is free to veterans and $5 a person for others.  Mike Bargiband hopes to see many veterans and their families at the event, taking advantage of the wide array of benefit and health information, and others, as well, enjoying the music and the tribute to the veterans.

The Easton Fire Hall is located at 317 Aurora Park Drive, off Creamery Lane.  RSVP by January 28 to the Mental Health Association at 410 822-0444 or email jdavis@mhamdes.org.   Visit the website mhamdes.org to learn more about the Mental Health Association’s Veterans’ Initiative, assisting veterans until their benefits are in place.