Recognizing Our Veterans
We Honor Veterans
HopeWest is honored to meet the unique needs of Veterans and their families by offering guidance and resources for the highest quality of care experience.
HopeWest participates in the We Honor Veterans program. It is a national group of hospice organizations on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation, or traumatic life experience. The group is a partnership with VAMC and other veteran organizations to provide end-of-life services to our heroes.
Being a member of the national program helps build professional capacity to provide quality care for those who have served our country, provides networking opportunities with other participating hospices, and encourages development of best practices for providing care.
“We recognize those who served and genuinely appreciate the sacrifices they made for this country. At HopeWest we understand that veterans may have unique needs as they age, and we are honored that they come to us for care. Our staff and volunteers are provided with ongoing education to better serve our veteran patients,” said Beth Brown, HopeWest RN.
Upon admission, each HopeWest Veteran patient who wishes to be acknowledged will receive special recognition including:
• A patriotic quilt handmade by volunteers
• A commemorates service with a special pinning ceremony
• A special gift on Veterans Day in November to honor them for their services
Flags are placed at both campuses in Grand Junction on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans Day to honor those who have served. Offices in Delta, Meeker, Montrose, and Plateau Valley also commemorate those dates in other ways and have designated parking at HopeWest buildings to honor our cherished veterans.
HopeWest has achieved level 2 status in the nation-wide program because of dedication to staff and volunteer education, connection and partnerships with community partners and services, and special recognition ceremonies honoring our veteran patients.
If you or your loved one has served our country, please call (970) 241-2212 to learn more about the guidance and resources specially created for you at HopeWest.
A Tradition of Service
“It is such an honor to serve our veteran patients at HopeWest that so bravely served our country,” stated Beth Brown, Clinical Manager and longtime nurse at HopeWest.
Beth is an advocate for veterans and leads the HopeWest We Honor Veterans Committee that was established six years ago. The committee is comprised of staff and volunteers devoted to recognizing veterans, enhancing education based on veteran’s needs, identifying resources and collaborating with our local community.
Just recently Dick Johnson, a patient in the hospice program, was recognized for his service while staying at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center. “They presented my dad Dick with a certificate of thanks signed by all the staff, gave a speech in his honor, draped a patriotic quilt – handmade by volunteers – over his lap and pinned a double flag pin on his chest,” said Darcy Michael, daughter of Dick Johnson. “We were impressed the whole staff came in and the ceremony was very heartfelt.”
Dick was very moved by the experience. “The staff recognizing me, I think it would mean a great deal to any soldier that served this country. It sure does to me,” said Dick.
“Our whole family, including dad, teared up,” said Darcy. “It was a very emotional experience for everyone. He was very appreciative. We are all very appreciative.”
Surrounded by his closest family and friends, Dick Johnson, a patient at HopeWest, is honored for his service to our country by staff at the HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction. Thank you to those who have served our country. We appreciate you!
It’s a family thing for George and Joy Arnold. As you walk into their living room, military photos grace the main wall. It’s there that you can see all the generations who’ve protected our country and freedom. If fact, four generations of the Arnold’s loved ones have served our county in all branches of the armed forces. Their three daughters even married servicemen.
For George, it was the Air Force. He enlisted in 1968 followed by an Army Guard Post in 1975. While in the Air Force he was trained in explosive ordnance disposal and took three tours in Vietnam. Following his time in the Air Force, George worked as a machinist and relocated from Mississippi to Grand Junction where he met his wife Joy and raised a blended family of six children.
Today, his family is still close with the support of HopeWest. George suffered a stroke and has had several heart related health problems in the years since. “HopeWest has allowed us to remain in our home,” said Joy. “Much of what HopeWest does is for the caregiver – they just do so much. We don’t feel alone anymore because I always have someone to call, day or night, when I need help. Our nurse can even do blood draws right here at our house.”
George and Joy live with George’s mother and Joy’s mother and father. And of course, their two dogs who can regularly be found cuddling up to George. Staying home allows George to enjoy his favorite pastimes too. You can often find him out in his hobby shed working on one project or another.
This summer, George was honored with a veteran pinning ceremony by HopeWest. With his wife and mother by his side, George’s HopeWest care team presented him with a patriotic pin and beautiful lap quilt to honor his service to our country. The quilt held special meaning as it also brought back fond memories of his childhood. “George chose the quilt with a rail fence pattern because it reminded him of the quilts his grandmother used to make and one he used to sleep under as a child,” said his HopeWest Social Worker, Cindy Webb. “The way these patriotic quilts touch veteran’s lives, it’s just incredible. It’s so rewarding to give back to them after what they’ve done for our country.”
And the feeling is mutual. “We feel blessed by HopeWest,” said Joy. “The care is unbelievably wonderful and what they did for George was so meaningful for our entire family.”