The mission of LMHPCO is to improve the quality of hospice & palliative care in Louisiana & Mississippi.

VA Taskforce

Mission: To enhance and ensure quality end of life care for veterans and the family members enrolled into hospice agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi.


1. Educate LMHPCO members on the unique needs of veterans and their families at the end of life;
2. Encourage participation in the We Honor Veterans program;
3. Solidify partnerships with VA facilities and organizations serving veterans throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, so that hospice agencies and their partners may be mutual and supportive resources in providing care at the end of life to veterans.


The Hospice Foundation of America’s

“Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death”

Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death is designed to assist end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Particular attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam). In addition to individual interventions, the program also will look organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems. Finally, the program explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them.
The self-study course video is broken into four (4) sections and there are 5 chapters available from the accompanying course book.

Panelists include:
 Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
 Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
 Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America
 Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor/Director (now retired), The George Washington University, and Vietnam Veteran
 Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Manager, Portland VA Medical Center

CLICK HERE to access the course and chapters.

2016 Annual Conference: VA Track Sessions

A6 Dying Healed: A Shared Quest for Wholeness

B6 Veteran Burial Benefits

C6 Peace At Last

D6 Unmourned Loss – Sabotaging Bodies, Minds and Spirits
D6 Loss Chart

E6 Forgiveness: Revitalizing the Wounded Soul

F6 We Honor Veterans

G6 Veterans Cultural Considerations in Palliative Care

Thursday Morning Plenary: Soul Injury, the Consequence of Unmourned Loss & Unforgiven Guilt
Thursday Morning Plenary Fact Sheet

Helpful Links

We Honor Veterans

VA-Hospice Partnership

Louisiana Parish Veterans Service Offices

Mississippi County Veterans Services Offices

VA Burial Benefit




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