Homeless Veteran

A Source of Inspiration

One of the many reasons I’m so proud to work at Covenant Hospice is the time, energy and resources that the organization is willing to put into the community to recognize our nation’s heroes:  the men and women of the US Armed Forces.  Not because it’s a requirement, mind you, but because we know it’s the right thing to do.

All year long, Covenant Hospice staff and volunteers work within our agency as well as in our community to honor those who’ve fought and sacrificed for the freedoms that we can so easily take for granted each day.  At no time during the year do we get to enjoy the smiles and salutes from those honored more so than now.  

We’re in full swing for Veteran’s Day right now, planning recognition programs in each of our partnering facilities to honor every Veteran, patient or staff, that lives or works there.  Covenant volunteers and staff will present Vets with certificates and pins in programs throughout our service area.  Songs will be sung, tears will be shed, hugs will be plentiful, and by God…there will be cake.  Lots and lots of cake.   

For the last four years, Covenant Hospice has been an integral part of the Gulf Coast VA Stand Down, providing volunteers and resources to assist with a day that can, in many situations, mean the difference between life and death for our area’s homeless Veterans.  This year, we’re more involved than ever.  Covenant Hospice has taken on the responsibility for assigning the volunteers to the important event, where our area’s homeless can receive everything from sleeping bags and boots, to medical and dental care, all in one place.  On October 28th, 2011, our community will rise to action once again and work together to be sure these men and women receive the services that they need. 

For me, taking part in this event over the last four years has been nothing less than inspirational.  Having an opportunity to spend a day helping in a way that affects so many, leaves me longing for more.  Seeing our community’s volunteers in action, coming together to work for a cause that’s so important, is what the job’s all about.  For me, at this time of year, busy = happy. 

To learn more about the Gulf Coast Veteran’s Stand Down, visit:  http://www.gcvacflalms.org/.  To register to volunteer for the event, visit:  http://gcvacflalms.org/uploads/Vol_Reg_for_StandDown_2011.pdf and return the volunteer registration form to me using the information on the form.  But most of all, whatever you do, be inspired!

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One Response to “A Source of Inspiration”

  1. Keelea,
    Thank you for sharing this with us. What a great way to show our Veterans that they are not forgotten and that people do care!

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