Vet­er­ans hon­ored at Valor Home

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Zach Sr­nis

The Valor Home of Lo­rain, 221 W. 21st St. in Lo­rain, and Hos­pice of the West­ern Re­serve came to­gether Nov. 8 to honor vet­er­ans who cur­rently re­side at the home with a recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony and break­fast.

“We make sure to do a lot of th­ese recog­ni­tions, es­pe­cially with Vet­er­ans Day com­ing,” said Lau­rie Hen­rich­sen, pub­lic me­dia re­la­tions man­ager for Hos­pice of the West­ern Re­serve. “It’s a way of pub­licly rec­og­niz­ing the vet­er­ans for what they have done for this coun­try. I feel that vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially those who served in Viet­nam, don’t get hon­ored the way they should, so that is why we do this.”

Hen­rich­sen said the vet­er­ans will re­ceive a com­mem­o­ra­tive pin.

“It’s a way to rec­og­nize them and some­thing they can take away from to­day,” she said. “We help vet­er­ans by fo­cus­ing on care that meets their spe­cific needs and pro­vid­ing vet­eran-spe­cific med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“They have unique needs, and we want to pro­vide the best care to them as they en­ter hos­pice care. We like to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for vet­er­ans of all ages, and this is an ex­am­ple of that.”

David Fos­selius, an Army vet­eran and Valor Home res­i­dent, said the event was a real ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m thank­ful they put this on,” Fos­selius said. “I like be­ing here. Ev­ery­one is re­ally nice and help­ful. It’s great to be around vet­er­ans of the other mil­i­tary branches.”

Army vet­eran James Smith, who also is Valor Home res­i­dent, said he was blessed to be a part of it.

“I’m proud to have served my coun­try,” Smith said. “I’m thank­ful for days like this.”

Don Stark, a vol­un­teer with Hos­pice of the West­ern Re­serve and a Marine vet­eran, said the day was all about the vet­er­ans.

“We have a lot of vet­er­ans in this coun­try in need of care,” Stark said. “We help vet­er­ans and make sure they are not be­ing ne­glected.

“We help out with PTSD that iron­i­cally has a ten­dency to come back to vet­er­ans to­ward the end of their lives. It’s about help­ing out and pro­vid­ing the ex­tra care that fam­i­lies need help giv­ing.”

Lo­rain Mayor Chase Rite­nauer said the cer­e­mony was well de­served for the vet­er­ans.

“Vet­er­ans Day events are al­ways done well in Lo­rain,” Rite­nauer said. “This is a very fit­ting place to have the event.

“It’s come a long way since nearly be­ing aban­doned ... to now a place that pro­vides great care to our vet­er­ans. It pays honor to their sac­ri­fice.”

San­dra Wright, pro­gram man­ager at the Valor Home, said the event was a wel­come change.

“We of­ten get con­sumed by the day to day prob­lems,” Wright said. “Very sel­dom do we get the op­por­tu­nity to thank the vet­er­ans for their ser­vice.

“It takes the mind away from their home­less­ness and fo­cuses on what they have done for this coun­try.”


Lo­rain Mayor Chase Rite­nauer, left, shakes James Smith’s hand.

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