Smoky Mountain, UT home health hospices honor Vietnam vets

Some of the Vietnam veterans honored by Smoky Mountain and University of Tennessee hospices gathered for a picture. From left: Pam Jinks, Debbie A’Hearn, Wally Carpus, Laughton Seals, Greg Skinner, Jeri Regenold, David Rutherford, Peter Byrns, Carolyn Thompson, Carroll Gilbert, Thomas Derry, Al A’Hearn, Ray Damon, Charles Long and Sebert Collins, Jr. Not pictured is Rachel Jones.

Many surviving Lakeway Area Vietnam veterans were honored for their service Thursday morning by Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice and University of Tennessee Home Health and Hospice in a luncheon at the Morristown Senior Center.

Senior Center Director Valerie Farmer expressed her appreciation to the two hospice organizations for their celebration of the veterans.

“This is your day,” Debbie A’Hearn of Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice said. “We’re so proud to be a servant to you. You all have served us. Some of you a few years, some of you your whole life and retired. Just one day is important as a full lifetime when you serve your country.”

A’Hearn said that the hospices honor veterans two times a year in a celebration.

“We volunteer to be part of a ‘We Honor Veterans’ program, that is above and beyond our patient care,” A’Hearn said. “Both companies do a little extra for our veterans because we love you. It’s not anything they have to pay for, it’s free of service. Our social workers help to get money for patients who are in hospice. We help get the care they need over and above our regular care as we come into your home to take care of those as hospice patients.”

Each veteran present received a certificate, an accommodation and a pin for their service. They were also provided with a lunch with sandwiches, chips, drink and dessert.

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