Cheyenne VA to conduct “No Veteran Dies Alone” training

VA  7-10-17

The Cheyenne Veteran Affairs Medical Center will conduct its annual “No Veteran Dies Alone” training on Thursdays, beginning Aug. 3 through Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the medical center’s auditorium, located at 2360 East Pershing Blvd., in Cheyenne.

Emotionally mature volunteers from all walks of life are needed for a variety of positions including program coordination, clerical support, as well as patient and family support. According to VA Chaplain Carol Carr, some volunteers will have a unique opportunity to be available during the death and dying process of our American heroes.

“Many patients, especially those with long hospitalizations or those residing in the facility’s Community Living Center benefit from the regular visitation, companionship, and support of the program volunteers,” Carr said.

She said, the facilities 20-hour training program prepares volunteers in honoring veterans; meeting the emotional needs of those who would otherwise be alone at the end of life; as well as providing family members with a brief respite while keeping vigil.

Those interested in participating in this training should contact the Cheyenne VA Medical Center’s Voluntary Services at 307-778-7317 or Chaplain Services at 307-778-7377.