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Committed to Veterans Year-Round

Posted by Linda Rockwell, We Honor Veterans Program Coordinator

Committed to Veterans Year-Round
Linda Rockwell speaks at an Honor Flight welcome home celebration.

Sometimes you're given a chance in your work to do something that's completely a labor of love. That's what serving as Midwest CareCenter's We Honor Veterans coordinator is for me. As the granddaughter of a WW I Army Veteran and the daughter of a WW II Navy veteran, I learned early in life to respect unquestioning commitment to a cause, and a willingness to endure personal sacrifice for a "greater good." Because that's what is asked of―and delivered by―our nation's veterans.

I honor the service of my own family members, and it's a privilege to lead Midwest CareCenter's efforts to do the same for others who have served and sacrificed to protect our way of life. I do my best to support my coworkers in caring for our veteran hospice patients the way I would want my grandpa and my dad to be cared for. I'm grateful to them for the loving care they give all year long.

As the nation prepares for Veterans Day celebrations on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Midwest CareCenter will also honor the commitment of the men and women who have served in our country's armed forces.

Our efforts start today, Nov. 7, with the program "Beyond PTSD: Moral Injury in Veterans" happening at 9:30 a.m. at Midwest CareCenter's Glenview campus. Military Outreach USA will discuss the historical significance of the military bonding process and how the bond can actually create moral injury, which the National Center for PTSD defines as "perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs," such violence committed toward civilians. This workshop will help participants gain understanding of how they can better support veterans in healing from this emotional wound.

On Monday, Midwest CareCenter will partner with Dignity Memorial to present a dinner and fashion show to honor women veterans in Skokie, featuring a speech by Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama, the youngest general in the U.S. Armed Forces at the time of his appointment. And when Veterans Day arrives, Midwest CareCenter will join Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire to honor the more than 90 veterans who reside at Sedgebrook. Rabbi Brian Comrov, a Navy reservist and Midwest CareCenter chaplain, will address guests.

Our commitment to veterans doesn't end after Tuesday, though. We want the community to know about services Midwest CareCenter offers year-round as a member of the We Honor Veterans campaign. The campaign was formed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to focus on the needs of veterans nearing the end of life. The program honors, educates and assists veterans and their families with initiatives that include identifying veteran patients and helping them better understand their VA benefits; explaining hospice and palliative care options; and holding flag pinning ceremonies to honor them for their service. It also provides new resources, training, and tools for our staff to help better serve veterans and their unique challenges.

For more details on We Honor Veterans, contact Linda Rockwell at (847) 556-1778 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or check our website, www.carecenter.org.

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