By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist

Whether in current service, decades post-war, or even after death, it’s never too late to show appreciation for the sacrifices of our military veterans, as Shepherd’s Cove Hospice patient and Vietnam veteran Jeff Dunfield can attest.

Just as people send care packages to troops overseas, an organization called Operation: Card Angels mailed a special care package to Jeff earlier this year. The box included an assortment of patriotic-themed items, including a crocheted blanket, a deck of playing cards, a small teddy bear, and more.

Perhaps the most impactful part of the package, though, was the numerous homemade and personally-signed cards from individual members of the Card Angels group.

Operation: Card Angels is a group that sends homemade cards with words of encouragement to troops currently serving overseas, wounded heroes, and veterans. The participants also collect cards that military members serving overseas can send back home to their loved ones.

Since sending the package to Jeff, the Card Angels have sent several cards from across the country to Shepherd’s Cove for veteran patients, thanking them for their service and hoping to bring some happiness and comfort.

SCH believes we cannot show enough praise and gratitude to veterans, living and deceased. This Memorial Day holiday, more than 80 white crosses are on display in the front lawn of the Shepherd’s Cove facility in Albertville. Each cross bears an American flag and the name of a veteran who died under our care in the past year.

It’s a small way we at Shepherd’s Cove can honor those veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to our country. We consider it a privilege to serve those who once served us.

How do you honor the memory of a veteran you have loved and loss?