Haven Hospice honored over 200 veterans from the Tri-Counties and their families on Friday, November 4 at the Tri-Counties Care Center. Guests enjoyed lunch and entertainment by The Lost & Found Band.

As the nation honored and thanks veterans for their dedicated and loyal military service to our country on Veterans Day, November 11, it’s important to remember that veterans also deserve recognition and compassionate care at the end of life’s journey.

“It was an honor for Haven Hospice to recognize the men, women and service animals of the Tri-County area that have served and protected our country,” said Haven Hospice Chiefland Administrator Anita Howard. “We had tremendous support from our community at this year’s Veterans Appreciation Lunch. We appreciate the volunteers, staff and vendors who contributed to the success of this event and look forward to holding the event next year.”

Haven would like to thank Cross City Health & Rehabilitation Center, Kindred Home Care, Bett’s Big T Restaurant and Haven staff volunteers for their contributions to the meal preparation and service. A special thanks to Kaye and Michael Gaither for the presentation of service animal certificates; the Levy County Sheriff’s Department and Honor Guard; Haven Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Vondla Sullivan and her team of volunteers for set up and clean up; and Muriel Ellison for her work coordinating volunteers for this event and her time spent inviting veterans to the event.

Through the We Honor Veterans program, Haven provides veteran-centered care to veterans facing end-of-life challenges. In addition, Haven celebrates and recognizes the contributions of North Florida’s veterans throughout the year by partnering with local organizations to honor and serve those whom have served us so bravely. Activities include utilizing a military history checklist at admission, recognition events and veteran-to-veteran pinning ceremonies. The Haven Hospice Veteran-to-Veteran Pinning Ceremony includes a pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.