Skip to comments.The Silver Star Families of America Expands Program to Distribute Blankets to Hospice Veterans
Posted on 03/04/2012 9:17:12 PM PST by Steve Newton
I post this on FR for two reasons. One is that the Silver Star Families of America was practically born on FR. Two is if any Freeper has someone who is passing and is a veteran to please let us know.
Steve Newton, Founder of the SSFOA stated: Our Chaplaincy has been providing blankets that have been prayed over to our hospice veterans for years. These blankets are provided free of charge to Veteran Medical Centers who have Hospice/Palliative care units and are given to any patient that wants one.
The program has had an overwhelmingly positive response from our veterans and their families and we have decided to extend the program to our passing veterans that may not be in a V.A. setting.
We have also been asked why we spend money, effort and time to send something to one who will not be here for long. Some have no family. These blankets are arms to hold them, to comfort them and give hope that they are not alone and that their service/sacrifice was not in vain. America remembers. America cares. America stands by their side. These veterans are like you and I; they have served their country and have done their duty. Now at the end of their life they need to know they are not forgotten.
Their journey to their last duty station should not be a journey that they make alone. The SSFOA Prayer Blanket is sent with a word of encouragement, which may not mean much to you but it may mean the world to someone who is passing. We do not take pictures of our dying; we do not exploit them for donations but the stories that we have been told command attention even from the hardest heart.
Many that receive the Prayer Blanket stay covered with it until their death. Some blankets become a family keepsake; some blankets are buried with their recipients. But the bottom line is we will leave no veteran behind.
To learn more or to help please go to: http://www.silverstarfamilies.org/VA_HOSPICE_CARE.html
The Silver Star Families of America has one mission to remember, honor and assist our wounded, ill, injured and dying of our armed forces from all wars.
I wish I could convey to you the responses we have received from distributing Prayer Blankets. We do not take pictures of our passing vets or exploit them in any way.
But we have had reports of vets requesting to be buried with their blankets. Of families that keep them for a reminder—
The power of the Lord, and the prayers of a grateful nation should go to every vet as they leave us for their last duty station.
May God bless them all