ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund, Hospice Team and Veteran Community Help Patient in Need
Heartland Hospice serving Central Wisconsin worked with their local American Legion and VFW Posts to help their veteran hospice patient, Ervin, receive the support he needed to stay at home. Ann Roquet, Heartland Hospice social worker, was having a conversation with Ervin about his life history and learned that he was a cook and baker for the Navy during the Korean War. He later shared with her how grateful he was to be able to stay home but did not have running water in his kitchen.
Ann was heartbroken when she heard of Ervin’s plumbing issues and jumped into action. She contacted Chain O’Lakes Plumbing and they were more than happy to help a local veteran and made sure to give the best possible discount on their services. Ann knew that Ervin couldn’t afford to have this done, so she reached out to the ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund, formally Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, and received $1500 towards the plumbing cost. She was grateful for the amount given, but still needed more to help him out financially.
After receiving a tip from a relative, Ann reached out to the local American Legion and got in touch with Bud Gende, Commander of American Legion Post #366 (Princeton). Mr. Gende agreed that Ervin was deserving of more than just running water in his kitchen. He contacted VFW Post #2925 (Berlin), American Legion Post #43 (Ripon), American Legion Post #317 (Wautoma), American Legion Post #282 (Markesan), American Legion Post #395 (Kingston), American Legion Post #351 (Montello), VFW Post #10542 (Princeton) and American Legion Post #340 (Berlin) to see how they could help their fellow veteran. Not only did each post donate generously to cover the rest of the cost for his plumbing needs, but their donations exceeded the amount needed by $1300, which will help to cover additional living expenses and improvements to his home.
The area Posts held a meeting that Ann attended to receive the checks on Ervin’s behalf and during the meeting Commander Gende unveiled a new cooperative program called: Veterans Assisting Veterans. The group agreed to continue their collaboration in order to support other area veterans who may also be struggling. “It’s not hard to see that as a group, we can make a big difference,” said Commander Gende.
“I cried so many times in gratitude for what these local veterans and the ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund have done to help Ervin,” said Ann. “It’s truly amazing that the local veterans have given so much during their service time, and they continue to give today. When I informed Ervin about this wonderful gift, his first words were, ‘please thank those veterans for their service’.”