Veterans Affairs program provides comfort to vets in hospice

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A Department of Veterans Affairs program offered at several facilities in the Chicago area seeks to provide companionship in a veteran’s final days. Officials say the No Veteran Dies Alone program is active in about one-third of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide. The Chicago Tribune reports that those facilities include Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago and Hines VA Hospital near Oak Park. The program began in 2013. It links volunteers with veterans in hospice care whose family and friends cannot be there to comfort them.