We Honor Veterans
Honoring Veteran Frank Blockowitch

Samaritan is committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and their families by providing care that recognizes their distinctive needs through serious illness, end of life, grief and/or post-traumatic stress.

One in every five Americans has served in the military. Where veterans served, when they served, and what they experienced can all greatly influence their physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort. That’s why we include a veteran’s military history into his/her medical history and care options.


Samaritan proudly participates in We Honor Veterans – a pioneering program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Samaritan has earned the highest-level of 4 stars from this program -- one of only 5 hospices in New Jersey to do so. 


  • Respectful inquiry
  • Compassionate listening
  • Grateful acknowledgement of veterans


Of the 3,400 US hospices invited to participate, Samaritan is among only 2,095 who have answered the call to undertake the program's extensive requirements including: specialized training for employees and volunteers, active partnerships with veterans’organizations,
and organizational policies and procedures that support veteran-sensitive care.



  • Admission process that includes the veteran’s military history into
    personalized care planning
  • Knowledge of and collaboration with the VA system,
    and state and county veteran-service offices to assist with
    accessing benefits available to veterans and their families
  • Coverage of hospice care by the VA, Tricare,Medicare,
    Medicaid and most commercial insurers
  • Coordination of hospice and palliative care with
    VA medical centers and community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs)
  • Outreach and education to local VA facilities
    and area veterans organizations
  • Referrals for community services as needed
  • Bereavement support for hospice patients/families and community members
    including individual and family counseling, support groups, and memorial services
  • PTSD counseling for active military and veterans through a grant from
    the New Jersey Departmentof Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA)
    by staff member trained and experienced in military sexual trauma,
    Project Wounded Warriors, and Give-an-Hour volunteer therapist program
  • Additional Home Health Aide services for Mercer County veterans through a grant from
    the Disabled American Veterans Joseph A. McNerney #41 Chapter, Hamilton, NJ
  • Grateful acknowledgement through cards, certificates, pinnings, and
    applications to retrieve lost medals, and celebration of holidays
    such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day
  • Recruitment and training of veterans to serve as patient volunteers
    empathetic to the special experiences and concerns of veterans



Samaritan hospice patient & Vietnam War veteran Frank Blockowitch was presented with a Burlington County Military Service Medal. His family and Samaritan team made a special point to honor Frank because he felt like he "never really fought a war" and "never really served." During the Vietnam conflict, he was stationed in Thailand and served as an assistant to the commander. Frank certainly deserves a big thank you for fulfilling his duty to our country! Pictured: Frank with Samaritan Social Worker Colleen Fritsch (left), and Samaritan Chaplain Anne Butts


Vietnam War veteran Harvey Gsell felt neglected by his country after enlisting in the Army in 1963. Harvey was sent to Vietnam in 1965 as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division and survived 3 battles during his 12-month tour, including the Battle of La Drang. Nearly fifty years later, he was presented with a Gloucester County Military Service Medal as a thank you for his service. From left: Social Worker Karen Emerle, wife Gerry Gsell, and Chaplain Chuck Mitchell Read More


Master Sergeant Roy Glenn fought in the Battle of the Bulge, World War II's bloodiest battle. During his final months of life, Mr. Glenn worried whether his service to his country woulb be remembered and appreciated. Surrounded by 11 family members, he was presented with a Burlington County Military Service Medal. Samaritan Chaplain Anne Butts prefaced the medal presentation with a prayer. “Thank you for your comfort and guidance of Roy when he was tired, cold, hungry and away from family and homeland. Bless his family who continue to live his legacy of hard work and honor. May this medal be a remembrance of all he values and holds dear.” From left: Social Worker Colleen Fritsch, Hospice Nurse Angela DeNight, Volunteer Joe Chudinski, and Chaplain Anne Butts





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