Washington, DC – In honor of Veterans Day, the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recognized the Oregon Veterans’ Home for their contributions to enhancing the lives of veterans in Oregon. The facility recently participated in the Journey of Heroes program, which honors World War II veterans with a number of special activities.
“Our members do great work day in and day out to improve the quality of life for veterans,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “It’s heartfelt experiences like these that let them know their legacies continue and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”
The Oregon Veterans’ Home most recently sent World War II Navy Veteran James Corsale, 92, to Washington D.C. for a 3 day trip to tour the nation’s capital. The Veterans’ Home also sent Met Sleeth, Mr. Corsale’s certified nurse assistant (CNA) and a veteran himself, on the trip. The two veterans toured the Vietnam Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and several other landmarks commemorating veterans’ contributions to the country.
While the largest group of veterans is from the Vietnam area, the World War II and Korean War veteran cohorts are aging the most quickly. The Oregon Veterans’ Home has sponsored a number of other activities for veterans, including a ride in a fighter jet for a veteran pilot and a special ceremony with the Korean consulate, honoring veterans with medals, music, and speeches by Korean consul officials. The Oregon Veterans’ Home is a member of the Oregon Health Care Association.
AHCA/NCAL is proud to represent a number of state veterans homes (SVHs), as well as countless civilian facilities nationwide that serve veterans as their residents. On this important day, be sure to thank those who have served our nation so bravely for their service.
For more information on AHCA services to veterans, visit AHCA’s newly revamped website.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.