Veterans honored

They sat in chairs and wheelchairs in a line across the front of the common room at Robbinswood Assisted Living Center in Grand Haven on Friday. Some sat up straight and proud, others slumped slightly with age. Some sat with stoic expressions, while others smiled and a couple even cried.
Becky Vargo
May 19, 2012

 

But there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that these military veterans were proud and happy to be singled out in a Hospice of Michigan ceremony called “We Honor Veterans."

“It was wonderful,” Muskegon native Jack Mahn said. “I was all choked up.”

Mahn, a World War II Navy veteran, was one of 19 men and women honored by hospice, whose goal is to enhance care for the veterans and give them closure at the end of life.

“World War II veterans are in their late 70s and early 80s now, and many of them are coming into the hospice program,” said Mike Paletta, vice president of medical affairs for Hospice of Michigan. “Many have had war trauma and are sometimes struggling with end-of-life issues.”

Paletta said Hospice of Michigan has joined with the Veterans Administration to address these issues through training for nursing home staff and ceremonies to honor the veterans.

“The guys love it,” Paletta said. “We’ve been doing it around the state for the last few months.”

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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