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Veterans Honored with VA Benefits Information Program


Veterans Honored with VA Benefits Information Program

Arkansas Hospice, plus county, state and congressional officials gather at State Capitol


Little Rock, Ark. - Arkansas Hospice, the state’s largest provider of hospice services, led a program today at the Arkansas State Capitol to provide veterans with resources to help them receive VA benefits.

 Titled “Arkansas Hospice Honoring Veterans,” the patriotic themed event featured a color guard from Central High School Jr. ROTC, an inspiring rendition of our National Anthem performed by Arkansas Hospice's own Kesha Canada, a moment where attending veterans were presented challenge coins, and a keynote address by Acting Deputy Director for Veteran Services for the State of Arkansas, Gina Chandler.

 During her address, Ms. Chandler touched on the history of Veteran’s Day, as well as recognized those currently serving. “Roughly one percent of our population serves in the military,” according to Chandler, who challenged veterans and non-veterans with her speech. She added, “So today, to honor that debt (of military service), I would ask you to take time and honor service members, past and present, in at least one of several ways.” She recommended volunteering to help veterans, promoting military service for our youth, and asked veterans to share their stories with others to “let everyone know what you’ve done so they can see the many faces of military service and appreciate the personal service of their neighbors.”

 At the conclusion of the patriotic program, VA benefits experts were on hand to answer questions and provide informational resources to veterans and their spouses. David “Doc” Kenser, Veterans Services Coordinator for Arkansas Hospice, Richard Maxwell, District Representative for Military and Veterans Affairs for 2nd District Congressman French Hill, as well as Pulaski County Veteran Service Officer Carols Cervantes were on hand to assist veterans with resources and information.

 Arkansas Hospice Spokesman David Edwards explained the purpose of the event; “At its core, the mission of Arkansas Hospice is to enhance the quality of life. As the first hospice organization in the nation to employ a fully accredited veteran’s claims agent as its Veterans Service Coordinator, and with 1 out of 4 dying Americans being a veteran, it is only fitting for Arkansas Hospice to provide additional educational resources and informative services regarding benefits as a means to honor those who have served.”

 On Wednesday, the hospice organization presented a similar program in Berryville, with “more being scheduled across our service area over the coming weeks and months,” according to Edwards.

 Arkansas Hospice currently provides in-home hospice care from nine area offices serving 42 counties in the state, as well as in-patient centers in Russellville, Little Rock and Hot Springs.

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