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Hospice helps veterans face unique issues


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Veterans, especially those who saw combat experience, need specialized, responsible health and hospice care.

The Iowa City Hospice wants community members to learn more about the unique issues veterans face at the end of their lives.

The Iowa City Hospice says the effects of combat and the influence of military culture can profoundly impact the end-of-life experience. Some veterans have come to terms with their combat experience and may be better equipped psychologically to cope with their own deaths. For others, the effects may remain buried for years, emerging when the veteran is very sick and dying.

Iowa City Hospice, a community-based nonprofit that offers care to patients, families and their loved ones throughout the dying and bereavement process, has volunteers and staff who are specially trained to meet these unique needs of veterans and their families. Iowa City Hospice's services are available to anyone who resides in its seven-county service area (Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Washington), regardless of their ability to pay.

For families who have already lost a loved one, Iowa City Hospice offers free grief support services to anyone in its seven-county service area, regardless of whether the patient was in hospice care. Contact Iowa City Hospice at 319-351-5665, 800-897-3052 or http://info@iowacityhospice.org to learn more.


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