Texas Health Honors Military Veterans at End of Life
Stories of Healing
May 26, 2017
Texas Health Honors Military Veterans at End of Life
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To show honor and gratitude to those who have served in the Armed Forces, several Texas Health hospitals have established a new program that pays respect to veterans who spend their last days of life at a Texas Health hospital.

The FINAL SALUTE program is offered to veterans and their families at Texas Health hospitals in Arlington, Dallas, Denton, southwest Fort Worth and soon in Stephenville.

Putting forth a sincere commitment to the patient and an individual’s family, Texas Health’s FINAL SALUTE ties in the importance of honor, respect and recognition.

“It has been a privilege and blessing to pay homage to military veterans who have passed away,” said Chaplain James Dorsey, who created the program. “It’s our way of caring for not just the patient, but for the entire family.”

Before the official procession begins, designated hospital employees drape the patient’s body with the American flag. Honor escorts silently exit the hospital. Doctors on the medical staff, nurses and volunteers escort the body in a silent procession with the family.

Upon leaving, the veteran’s family receives the American flag, in honor of their loved one.

More than 170 men and women in the Armed Forces have been honored at Texas Health Arlington Memorial. And with Texas Health Dallas starting its program earlier this year, more than 20 veterans have been ceremoniously honored for their dedicated service in the Armed Forces.

“This symbolizes a small gesture of respect and appreciation from Texas Health Dallas to those who come to us seeking care,” said Sarah Moody, DNP, RN and program coordinator at Texas Health Dallas. “We truly recognize these veterans for their enormous dedication and sacrifice they have made for our country.”

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