Avow celebrates Women Veterans Day with luncheon

Avow Veterans Committee invites female veterans from all branches to a first-time, free Women Veterans Day event Friday, June 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avow’s Dick Lee & Mary Martha Tonra Waterview Room in the Ispiri Community Center, 1205 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples.

The event will celebrate and honor women who served and are actively serving. Women currently make up approximately 10% of the overall veteran population and are the fastest growing group. Women Veterans Day is observed on June 12 in the United States, a date chosen to mark the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act.

Plans include special readings to honor veterans, patriotic songs and a pinning ceremony, where each veteran receives a pin and certificate thanking them for their service. Avow recognizes veterans in this way during ceremonies throughout the year. Each year approximately 2,000 pins are distributed to veterans by the nonprofit.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by June 3 to foundation@avowcares.org or call (239) 649-3683.
Avow is a Level 5 Partner with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Avow is among 3.8% of hospices participating in the program to achieve the highest level, demonstrating commitment to veteran-centric care.

“Avow is honored to express our deepest gratitude for service and sacrifice to all the military veterans who have put their lives on the line protecting our nation,” said Jaysen Roa, president & CEO of Avow companies. “We are especially privileged to be able say thank you to a special group of men and women, the more than 9 million Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for in medical centers, outpatient clinics and nursing homes.”

Avow provides specialized care to veterans who are facing a terminal illness, including a veteran-to-veteran volunteer program, training on conflict-specific medical and mental health concerns and knowledge to assist veterans navigating VA benefits.

NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs launched We Honor Veterans in 2010 to address the growing need for veteran-centered care, especially as veterans from different eras are aging and need access to veteran-centric palliative and hospice care. Learn more about the We Honor Veterans program at WeHonorVeterans.org.
In addition, Avow clinicians have trained to be guardians on the Collier-Lee Honor Flight to assist veterans, many who have life-limiting illnesses, on an all-day adventure to the Capital and back in 24 hours.

About Avow:

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit www.avowcares.org.

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