“When all the cutting-edge medicine in the world can’t cure the illness, treat the disease ... hospice and palliative care services stand as our last opportunity to thank America’s veterans, to provide them comfort and compassion and to help them find peace….”
– Anthony J. Principi
Former U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary
You, who were first to answer our country's call for help, are among the last to ask for help for yourself.
But sometimes getting help for yourself is the best way to take care of your family. Samaritan stands ready to deliver expert medical care and family support to your home during a serious illness – care that your military service entitles you to. Hospice care is covered by the VA, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers.
Samaritan has earned 4 stars from the We Honor Veterans program. We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. (Read More)
|| Veterans Who Have Been Touched by Samaritan ||
Robert Leibrand: Standing Shoulder to Shoulder with Fellow Veterans
Robert Leibrand, of Haddonfield, a decorated twice-wounded POW, served his country in the Army during WWII and serves his community as a deacon in his church. After caring for his wife, a Samaritan Hospice patient, during her final illness, he wanted to give back to Samaritan as a Patient/Family Support Volunteer. In this role, Bob serves as a neighbor, a friend, to those coping with a progressive, life-limiting illness. Read More
Jim Lullio: Eyewitness to History Enjoys Special Gift
Like Forrest Gump in the Academy Award-winning film, James (Jim) Lullio has experienced people, places and events of 20th Century history from an “I-was-there” vantage point. On a recent afternoon, the 85-year old decorated Army veteran recounted some of those memories to members of his Samaritan hospice care team.
He also shared his surprise and gratitude for the responsive care he has received and unexpected gifts his Samaritan team delivered from the star of his favorite TV show.
“Let’s face it,” said Jim, “When you think of hospice, you think you’re on your death bed ready to go. But, what I found out is that even though you may be on your way to go, they do a good job keeping you comfortable and enjoying life.” Read More
Roy Glenn: Finding Peace at the End of Life
At age 92, former Master Sergeant Roy Glenn of Vincentown vividly remembers the bitter cold his outfit endured during the winter of 1944-45 as they engaged in WWII’s largest and bloodiest battle. The Battle of the Bulge claimed 19,000 Allied losses and 89,000 casualties.
Waging another battle now, the veteran sleeps in a quilt-covered hospital bed stationed in his Victorian-style living room as bladder cancer hastens his “hail and farewell.” The Glenn Family has found relief, comfort and support from Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice for their husband and father’s end-of-life mission. Samaritan provides a contingent of people to address the special physical, emotional and spiritual needs of veterans. Read More