We Honor Veterans

At Hospice of the Panhandle we are committed to serving our nation's veterans with all of the dignity and honor that they deserve. We are proud to be a part of their care and enjoy sharing their stories with the permission of the veteran and/or their family. 


Name:  Ruth Highbarger
Branch:  Army

   Ruth enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp in 1944 when she was 22 years old.

   Before joining the military, she worked at a furniture company in Hagerstown, MD, while her husband was deployed during World War II.

   While her company was making items for the war effort, the call went out for more support for the military, and Ruth answered that call and enlisted ‒ without telling her husband!

   Pretty soon she was in training at Chatham Army Airfield in Georgia. After training she spent the next year driving Jeeps and trucks in the motorpool.Ruth enjoyed her service in the Army but decided to return home when her husband Paul was wounded. Ruth left the Army in 1945.

We thank Ruth’s family for sharing her story with us.

Hospice of the Panhandle works closely with the Martinsburg VA Medical Center to assure that our nation's veterans have the care that they need and deserve at the end of life. Through the We Honor Veterans program which is a collaboration between the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have trained our staff to be highly sensitive to the unique needs of our nation's heroes.

How Hospice honors veterans:

Each veteran who receives hospice care benefits from:

  • Information about VA services from which they might benefit
  • A recognition ceremony of their service (if desired),
  • Presentation of certificate and pin (if desired) and
  • Visits from veteran volunteers (if desired).

Inpatient Honor CeremonyWe Honor Veteran Volunteers

When a veteran dies in our inpatient facility, an Honor Ceremony is performed at the request of the patient and/or family.  At the time of death a veteran volunteer will immediately come to the facility to:
  • Drape the patient with the American Flag,
  • Lead the procession from the patient's room to the exit, and
  • Upon reaching the exit, the veteran volunteer folds the flag and says a few words of gratitude for the patient's service to our country.