On Memorial Day 2017 a flag was flown over the United States Capitol to honor local Veterans on Benton Hospice Service. The flag, along with a Certificate of Authenticity, was sent to the Benton Hospice Service main office and displayed in their Small Conference Room, which has been dedicated a “We Honor Veterans” room. In June 2016 Benton Hospice Service was nationally recognized as a “We Honor Veterans” hospice partner. We Honor Veterans is a hospice awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). By becoming a We Honor Veterans partner, VA staff and Veterans can easily identify hospices like Benton Hospice Service that have made a commitment to offer veteran-specific care and services provided by a competent and highly skilled workforce.
A generous donation of painting services by Sherwin-Williams helped to make the small conference room dedication to Veterans at Benton Hospice Service possible. The walls were patched and painted in May 2017 by employees from Sherwin-Williams Albany and Corvallis stores as well as donated services from Paint Effects. Benton Hospice Service was selected as the local nonprofit to receive free painting services as part of Sherwin-Williams “National Painting Week” program. Each year Sherwin-Williams employees select projects across the country to beautify valued community spaces and give back to deserving local organizations with a fresh coat of paint. In 2016, more than 275 community projects were completed across the U.S. and Canada by over 3,700 Sherwin-Williams volunteers. The physicians’ office at Benton Hospice Service was also painted as part of Sherwin-Williams 2017 National Painting Week program.
Additional community support of efforts to honor local Veterans on hospice service comes from the Mary’s River Quilt Guild, who donated over 60 patriotic quilts to Benton Hospice Service this past year. These quilts are presented to Veterans by their hospice care team along with a “thank you” for their military service. The beautiful patriotic quilts are displayed on the walls of the small conference room until they are presented to Veterans on hospice service.
Benton Hospice Service is an independent, non-profit organization providing compassionate care for seriously ill people and support for their families, as well as service to the community through caregiver and bereavement grief education and support groups. Benton Hospice has served Linn and Benton counties since 1980. The commemoration of local Veterans on a national level highlights the level of commitment of Benton Hospice Service to recognize and honor local Veterans for their military service. To learn more about Benton Hospice visit www.bentonhospice.org or call 541-757-9616.