Veterans Day Parade Slideshow

NorthBay Honors Veterans

The success of NorthBay Healthcare's outreach to veterans was on display for all to see during the 2016 Veterans Day Parade in Fairfield.

Group marching to honor veterans

Linda Pribble, hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator, organized a parade entry led by several volunteers who carried a “We Honor Veterans” banner, as well as flags representing all branches of the military.

Flag-bearers were followed by employees, supporters and family members, all waving American flags and decked out in purple #NorthBay shirts.

The last entry was the purple NorthBay Trauma ambulance and a hospice volunteer, carrying the POW-MIA flag.

The group's chant of “NorthBay Honors Veterans,” was greeted with cheers and applause by the crowds of parade goers who lined the route.

The parade entry culminated a year of successful veteran outreach for NorthBay Hospice, which earned its second and third stars in 2016 as part of the four-star “We Honor Veterans,” program. Operated under the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the program collaborates with the Department of Veteran Affairs and works with hospice organizations to provide staff and volunteers with educational tools and resources to help them to better understand military culture and the unique needs of veterans.

Holding the 'We Honor Veterans' pin

The stars were earned after Hospice staff and volunteers received education to help them identify patients with military experience and to become more aware of veterans' unique needs at the end of life. Several outreach programs were also established and presentations made to such groups as Lions Clubs, American Legion, AmVets, DAV and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Additionally, staff developed and strengthened relationships with VA medical centers and other veteran organizations.

NorthBay launched the program in the fall of 2015.

“Only someone who has been to war knows what it's like to live with those traumatic memories,” said Linda. “And only another veteran could know how this might affect another veteran.”