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Hospice Compassus Honors Local Veteran at Pinning Ceremony

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CARTHAGE, Mo. – Local veteran, Charles Killingsworth, was honored by Hospice Compassus for his courageous service to our country in a pinning ceremony last week. Killingsworth also received a certificate of recognition from fellow Air Force veteran and Hospice Compassus volunteer, Jim Taylor. Hospice Compassus will recognize local veterans in the Southwest Missouri area as part of a Veterans Day initiative for their valued service to our country.

“The courageous service of our veterans and their colorful memories of defending our nation at home and abroad should be treasured, and Hospice Compassus is pleased to show appreciation for some of our communities most valuable members,” said Janet Gard, Executive Director of Hospice Compassus – Southwest Missouri.

Many Americans do not realize that 1 in 4 of all deaths in the U.S. are veterans. As the nation honors these American heroes for their military service this Veterans Day, November 11, it's important to remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with a serious illness.

As a We Honor Veterans hospice provider, Hospice Compassus – Lamar is providing specialized care to veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs created We Honor Veterans to empower hospice and other healthcare providers across the country to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.

“Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping our healthcare professionals and volunteers understand and serve veterans at the end of life,” said Gard. “It is time that we step up and acquire the necessary skills to fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve.”

Killingsworth was drafted into the Air Force in 1941 and served for four years during World War II. He underwent basic training in Tucson, Ariz., before being sent to Naples, Italy.

Killingsworth's unit was bombed when they arrived at the air base in Italy before boarding a troop train from Naples to Spinazzola, Italy, which took seven days. He was a surgical tech in the Air Force, assisting in setting up new hospitals in Italy. Killingsworth says he also assisted in many surgeries during the war. He had five brothers in the military during that time, and one was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.

After he was discharged from the military, Killingsworth moved to Wichita, Kansas, where he opened the very first Dairy Queen in the area. At that same time he worked as a guard for Boeing at night. He eventually moved his family to Missouri and opened a franchise of Mr. Swiss, which is similar to Dairy Queen. He then opened and ran the famous Red barn Restaurant in Greenfield, Mo., where he retired.

“We want patients and families to recognize that our staff is competent and prepared to deliver industry best practices for providing end-of-life care to veterans,” said Gard. As we celebrate our nation's heroes this Veterans Day – and every day of the year – we must not forget that it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home.”

NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

The mission of VA is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

For more information about Hospice Compassus – Lamar, call 417-682-3809.

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