Honoring Our Nation's Veterans: Unity Hospice Unveils New Veterans Resource Guide to Unlock Vital Benefits to Support Our Heroes at Life's End

November 9, 2023

De Pere, WI, Nov 11, 2023 In commemoration of Veterans Day, Unity Hospice, in partnership with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking Veterans Resource Guide designed to simplify access to invaluable information and benefits for Veterans and their dedicated caregivers. Titled "Serving Those Who Served Us”, the guide represents a state-of-the-art compilation of federal and state-specific resources designed to meet the unique needs of our nation's honored Veterans, their families, and loved ones.

Of the 7+ millions of Veterans living in the United States, over 37% of them are aged 70+ and many are receiving hospice and palliative care. The “Serving Those Who Served Us” guide is designed to support Veterans of this nation and to assist patients, staff, and caregivers, including families, in identifying, understanding, and acquiring appropriate Veteran benefits, many through the Veterans Administration. The guide also includes information for Veterans and their families regarding military pay, retirement pay, and survivor benefits through the Defense Finance and Accounting Services.

“Unity is proud to make this best-in-class resource available for Northeast Wisconsin Veterans, their families and beneficiaries”, says Unity Hospice Executive Director Alisa Gerke. The guide is a testament to our unwavering commitment to support those who have served our nation, as well as their devoted caregivers, who have all sacrificed so much for our freedom”.

While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a range of benefits for Veterans, many of these services are underutilized or difficult to access. Specifically, the Veterans Resource guide includes comprehensive sections on care benefits, burial benefits, benefits for those with limited income, Arrears of Pay and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity and filing claims.

To get a free copy of the guide, please visit www.unityhospice.org/respecting-valor. If you are supporting a loved one who is a Veteran, call 920-338-1111 to learn more about Unity’s full spectrum of in-home care options.


Unity is Northeast Wisconsin’s pioneering not-for-profit healthcare provider that offers a full complement of care solutions including nonmedical home care, supportive palliative care, hospice care, and grief support. With a commitment to seamlessly adapt care to the everchanging needs of each patient and family, Unity works tirelessly to enhance quality of life through innovative services and unique programs ensuring the wishes and goals of patients and families are always met. As the only locally owned and operated advanced illness provider in the region, Unity partners with area skilled nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities, and pharmacies, ensuring seamless care in all settings. Unity is the sole organization offering inpatient hospice at seven area hospitals and is a collaboration between Bellin Health, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. Established as the third hospice program in the nation, Unity launched Wisconsin’s first palliative care program in 2002, the area’s first hospice residence in 2007, the region’s only Grief and Education Center in 2021, and the area’s first pediatric hospice program in 2024. Learn more at https://unityhospice.org/.

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a membership organization comprising 100+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice, and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values, and preferences. Representing providers from 37 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care. Learn more at www.hospiceinnovations.org.