Four Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations in the Synthase Collaborative Celebrate Veterans
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Floridant -- Avow, Treasure Coast Hospice, St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, and Haven Hospice, founding members of Synthase and part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's We Honor Veterans program, will honor thousands of veterans the week of Veterans Day November 11.

Each not-for-profit Synthase member organization honors veterans by traveling to facilities throughout more than a third of the state for Veterans Day with celebrations and veteran pinning ceremonies.  The non-profit group honors more than 2,200 veterans in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Brevard, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Suwannee, Union and Volusia counties.

Events recognize veterans who are patients and employees as well as veterans in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, senior centers, and at home with a commemorative pin and recognition of service.

Each hospice in the organization has been honoring this tradition for years and has accumulated many interesting veteran stories:
  • Avow recently honored a 104-year-old veteran who flew several missions where most of his crew did not make it out alive. The 40-year-old organization will also honor its founder, Bruce Hayhoe, a Korean War veteran, with a Veteran Challenge Coin on Veterans Day. Avow's award-winning movie, Life Lessons Learned in the Military, which was created with veterans the organization serves, is available to organizations to view.
  • St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care has honored a patient who was a veteran of the Women's Auxiliary Royal Air Force. She had family from England and a representative from the Air Force on a Zoom ceremony.
  • Treasure Coast Hospice has collaborated with the Stuart Air Show to honor veterans. They were also able to facilitate a once-in-a-lifetime experience for lifelong Mets fan William Bunker, a 92-year-old U.S. Army and Korean War Veteran in their care. He and his music therapist, Caitlin Collin, recorded a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which was played on the jumbotron at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie during a St. Lucie Mets game – a joy for him and a forever memory for his family.
  • Haven Hospice's We Honor Veterans volunteer William "Mac" McLucas helped recognize the military service of U.S. Navy Chief and patient Carlos Vargas in Middleburg. Carlos' daughter planned to have her wedding in October but moved her ceremony up in hopes that Carlos could attend the wedding before he passed. A group of about a dozen family members and members of the bridal party were there to witness the final salute.
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