Those Mercer County, New Jersey veterans and their spouses dealing with terminal illnesses will now receive help. The Hamilton Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 41 subsidized a new Samaritan Vets Helping Vets program (SVHV) with a $150,000 grant. Every year 40 veterans die in Mercer County. The goal of the SVHV program is to help as many veterans spend their last moments in their homes, near their loved ones.
This is just the latest example of what seems to be a rapidly expanding and very positive trend: veterans helping veterans. The DAV’s $150,000 grant will be spent evenly over 5 years. It will be used to fill in the gaps in the hospice care not covered by the veteran’s insurance.
Essentially, the grant will pay for extra hours of hospice care on top of what is already being provided by the VA or the veteran’s insurance. All DAV Chapter 41 veterans and their spouses will be provided with not only in-home care, but support and respite for that care.
The Samaritan Hospice will offer standard hospice services to those veterans in need. The hospice workers are certified home health aides and will provide aid in:
- Assistance with feeding;
- Light housekeeping;
- Meal preparation;
- Respite for caregivers; and
- Emotional support for caregivers.
The only person that truly understands the needs of a veteran is another veteran. When veterans reach out to help other veterans, then, it makes it that much more satisfying when the help provided is so worthwhile. Providing care for veterans in the last minutes of their lives is very personal and very appreciated.
Learn more about local hospice care helps veterans and supplements their insurance.