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Compassus honors local veterans with specialized care

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – There are approximately 20 million military veterans in the U.S., including 9.4 million over the age of 65. As the nation pays tribute to American servicemen and women on Veterans Day, November 11, Compassus reminds communities that our nation’s veterans deserve personalized, compassionate care when dealing with serious or life-limiting illness.

As a Level One We Honor Veterans partner, Compassus – Tullahoma, serving Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy and Moore counties, provides high-quality hospice care to veterans facing unique challenges because of their military service. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs created We Honor Veterans to empower hospice and other health care providers across the country to improve advanced illness care for veterans.

“The selfless, courageous service of our veterans, who are among our community’s most valuable members, deserve comfort and dignity in their final months,” said Edie Rimas, executive director of Compassus – Tullahoma. “Our country’s servicemembers have given so much to protect us and our freedom, and we are proud to provide them and their families with the support they need.”

The We Honor Veterans program provides recognition to hospice programs through the achievement of four levels of distinction based on the program’s involvement with veteran education and interaction with veterans and their family members. The goal at each level is to ensure the very best care is being provided to those who have served our country. 

“At Compassus, we find it extremely important to recognize a veteran patient’s service and the meaning of that service to their life,” said Rob Nichols, M.D., medical director of Compassus – Tullahoma. “Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate our nation’s heroes, but we believe in honoring them every day by providing them with the support, comfort and respect they deserve.”

NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for patients and families facing serious illness.

The mission of the VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

For more information about Compassus –Tullahoma services, visit the Tullahoma location page or call (931) 455-9118.