Of the 115,000 persons involved in hospice care in America, some 95,000 are volunteers. Each year volunteers give more than 5 million hours to helping dying persons and their families.

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Veteran’s Recognition

Throughout history thousands of men and women have served in the United States armed forces, putting aside regard for themselves and leaving behind family and friends to defend our great nation and its ideals. We recognize the sacrifices these men and women have made and believe we owe a debt of gratitude for the security they have provided by defending our nation.

We also understand the traumatic effects war can have on veterans and the feelings it can produce like anxiety, depression, reoccurring anger, self-blame, guilt, compulsive or aggressive behavior, and sleep disorders. This is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some are affected so strongly that they are unable to live normal lives; and some may not experience any symptoms until they approach the end of life.

To better care for these patients, the Hospice of Natchitoches staff and volunteers are educated and trained in caring for veterans at the end-of-life.

Additionally, we have partnered with the Veteran’s Administration to provide a “Veteran Recognition Program”. The purpose is to acknowledge and recognize our veteran patients. These patients receive a certificate of appreciation, and a pin of honor.