Student Makes History, Honors Veterans

College student interviews war veterans for Library of Congress Veteran History Project

Shoemakersville, PA, April 25, 2015 –(– When Brenna Powers, Kutztown University senior and social work major, started her field placement with Covenant Home Care and Hospice in Shoemakersville, PA this past August she was unsure of what to expect. She always wanted to work with children and didn’t know how she would like working with the elderly. If you asked her now she would tell you she really has come to love working with hospice patients especially Covenant’s patients who have served our nation in foreign wars.

Covenant Home Care and Hospice is a We Honor Veterans partner. We Honor Veterans is a program that was created by the Department of Veteran Affairs and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The objective of the program is to honor veterans at the end of life while assisting Hospice agencies to create Veteran-centric cultures that respect patients who are veterans and also connecting them to veteran services.

As a part of Brenna’s college field placement with Covenant Home Care and Hospice she has participated in the Library of Congress’s Veteran History Project. The Veteran’s History Project creates a web page for a veteran on the Library of Congress’s website. In turn this page will pay tribute to the veteran’s military experience via a recorded verbal history and submission of written and photographic record of the veteran’s service.

Brenna has interviewed and submitted Veteran history projects for four veterans. These veterans’s are located in both Berks and Schuylkill counties. These veterans have served overseas in 3 foreign wars; WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Learning about these historical events first hand has helped Brenna form a better perspective on the life experience of our elderly populations in or geographical area. Most importantly though, each of the veterans she has interviewed will benefit from a living legacy that will be available for family and friends in memoriam.

Contact: Vince Chiles, LCSW Bereavement & Volunteer Coordinator
cell: 484-797-0999
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