In November, Honoring our Veterans and Hospice November 11 2015, 0 Comments

We are lucky to live in a country where we are free -- free to say what we want, free to worship as we please and free to work and raise our families with our own values. We owe so much to the brave men and women who serve in our military, who have sacrificed so that we can all enjoy the freedoms we have in America. That’s why Veteran’s Day is such an important holiday for me.  I hope every one of you will stop for a moment today, whether you attend a Veteran’s Day ceremony or just take a quiet moment in your day for reflection, and think about the importance of this day and honoring our veterans.

I attended a very special event honoring veterans that occurred just a few weeks ago. Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is a partner in the We Honor Veterans program and hosted the wonderful celebration.  The Spirit of ’45 Celebration was a special way to let our WWII veterans, known as The Greatest Generation, know how much their service means to us. That night, more than 450 people came to honor 112 WWII veterans, as well as veterans from the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Gulf War and all other wars in which our U.S. military has served.  Getting to meet all these brave people was just extraordinary. The event included dinner, a special ceremony and entertainment, and you can see what a great time we had in the slideshow.

I also am very excited to be working with the military related to my apparel business.  Most of you know Go Free Pants is my civilian line.  For the past few years, I have been working on a new line called GOFREEDOM that takes the concept of comfort and health and applies it to military uniforms to help our troops stay battle ready. After all, you know where the term “going commando” came from – the military!  This project is still in development, but I will be sure to share the progress with all of you, my Go Free Pants family, as we move forward.

November is also National Hospice Month, which all of you know is very important to me. I support hospice by donating a portion of the proceeds from Go Free Pants to hospice care and cancer research.  Hospice works to ensure people’s end of life wishes are met, and that terminally ill patients are given the opportunity to live their life to the fullest while being kept as comfortable as possible.  The Spirit of ’45 Celebration honoring WWII veterans, many who are in their 90’s, was a perfect example of that.  The national hospice ribbon says, “It’s About How You LIVE.”  This year, in honor of National Hospice Month, consider spending a few hours volunteering at your local hospice or making a donation to support the special kind of care they provide patients and their families. 

Today, one out of every five people in hospice care is a veteran. Spend some time tomorrow honoring our veterans. Take the month of November to get your advance care planning documents completed so your end of life wishes can be met.  Especially for the generation that fought for us during World War II, we need to make the most of the time we have with them.

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Happy Hospice Month!  Here’s to making the most of every day!