We Honor Veterans
Those who risked all to defend our country deserve honor and praise for their sacrifices and dedication. This is especially true at the end-of-life. By supporting the We Honor Veterans program, you help meet the unique needs of Veterans and their families during their end-of-life journeys. By respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment for their military service, we are better able to accompany and guide Veterans through their life stories, some of which are traumatic, toward a more peaceful death.
"I'm ready to go now," 93 year old, WWII Veteran and hospice patient, Hank Ludlow
When Hank Ludlow said these words after going with Blue Ridge Honor Flight to Washington, D.C, what he meant was understood. Hank had not only seen the World War II and other memorials for the first time; he had also been accompanied by his 91-year old brother Chuck Ludlow, also a World War II Veteran. Five days later, Hank said, “It was worth the wait.” He died the next day.
Four Seasons Dr. Ashley Albers was at the airport to welcome Hank home, “Hank was determined to make the trip. It kept him going.”
Approximately 30% of our hospice patients are Veterans. Through the We Honor Veterans program, Four Seasons and members of the local chapter of MOAA (Military Officer’s Association of America) thank veteran patients and their families for their service.
“Watching these men and women, weakened by their conditions, muster the strength to return an officer’s salute and join as we sing God Bless America is deeply touching,” says MOAA member, John Knapp, who also serves on the Four Seasons Foundation Board.
Together with MOAA, Honor Flight, and other local organizations, Four Seasons is grateful for service of our Veterans. We also thank the people who donate to the We Honor Veterans program, which is 100% donor supported.
Read article written by John Knapp, Foundation Board Member and chair of the We Honor Veterans Program, and former president of MOAA chapter about Four Seasons We Honor Veterans Program MOAA – Military Officer – Sept 2018
Your Gift Helps:
- Provide hospice and palliative care for local Veterans
- Train staff to provide quality care for Veterans
- Provide Pinning Ceremonies to Veterans in hospice care
Each era of military service resulted in increased morbidity from war conditions. For WWII and Korean War Veterans, frostbite, trench foot, mustard gas and nuclear weapon exposure had unrecognized long term affects. Approximately 2,700,000 Americans served in Vietnam. It was the first time America had failed to meet its war objectives and unfortunately, also failed to welcome its Veterans back as heroes. Many Veterans were treated poorly and some even personally attacked personally upon return from the war. These experiences have served to magnify the stress associated with their combat experiences. Hospice staff and volunteers are trained to respond to fear, anxiety and/or painful memories from the Veteran’s past.
In addition to compassionate care, Veterans receive an American flag pin, a service branch pin and a certificate of appreciation to commemorate their service.
General Frank Blazey Veterans Endowment Fund
Brigadier General Frank E. Blazey, Jr., a much loved and deeply respected member of the community for 40 years, retired to Hendersonville after 33 years of military service.
During his retirement, General Blazey was involved with many local nonprofits and service organizations, including Four Seasons Compassion for Life, which provided hospice care to wife Joy during her end-of-life journey.
General Blazey attended The US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1946. During the Korean War, General Blazey served as an infantry company commander, including assignments with the 65th Infantry Regiment where he was awarded The Silver Star for valor under fire.
Between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, General Blazey was assigned to West Point as an instructor and had two different assignments on the US Army Staff at the Pentagon.
In Vietnam, General Blazey first commanded a brigade and after an assignment commanding the Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he was sent back to Vietnam during the withdrawal of US military forces in 1972 and 1973.
General Blazey has two sons. Frank served in the Marine Corps and Drew served in the Air Force and later the Air Force Reserve. He has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gifts to the Blazey Fund will be used to support end-of-life care for Veterans and the We Honor Veterans Program. The Blazey family will be notified of gifts made in his memory.Learn More