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Saluting Our Veterans

Honoring those who served.

We are honored to provide special recognition and support to patients who are veterans. Our Saluting Our Veterans program includes: 

  • A visit from a volunteer who also is a veteran.
  • A special lapel pin honoring the patient’s military service.
  • A gift of a flag to the patient’s family.
  • Participation in community events recognizing veterans.
  • Support from staff trained in issues that could emerge at end-of-life, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Watch this video about our Salutes program, honoring military veterans who are patients.


Hospice of the Valley is committed to honoring our veteran patients whose service and sacrifice preserve the freedom we all cherish. We strive to meet their unique needs and support their families with our Saluting Our Veterans tribute program. We are so proud to partner with the national We Honor Veterans Program at the highest status of Level 5, to help ensure excellent care at end of life. We invite you to watch this short impactful video which creates awareness and a better understanding of our veterans.

Inspiring patients honored for their service
Honoring a 3-War Veteran

Robert Wright, 90, was honored with a Salutes presentation at La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park. Wright’s military service spanned more than 20 years and three wars. He was a Merchant Marine, then joined the U.S. Army in 1949, becoming a Green Beret at age 36. Derek Hayes, retired U.S. Marine master gunnery sergeant and an HOV Salutes volunteer, thanked Wright for his service.

WWII vet gets medals back

Claude Zenkner survived a harrowing battle at sea when he was a tail gunner with the Navy’s Dauntless Dive Bombers during WWII. Somehow his medals were accidentally lost. HOV Salutes liaison Tom Fenner was determined to find a way to replace them.  He moved heaven and earth to make that happen and was thrilled when the finally arrived.  A tearful Zenker was deeply moved. “I was amazed he was able to get them!” he said.

Couple on hospice honored

Carl and Jennie Piccarreta’s lives were linked from the very beginning. Born in Rochester, NY, they lived a few houses apart. They both served in the military during WWII. After the war they married and raised a family. In their 90s, they both are being cared for by Hospice of the Valley. Salutes volunteer Jimmy Vercellino, a Marine veteran, visited the couple and presented each with lapel flag pins. “Without your bravery, this country would not know the freedoms we experience today,” he said.