Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Martinsburg VAMC remembers fallen heroes
February 25, 2013
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center Chaplain Service will hold its quarterly memorial service Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor Chapel.
The memorial services allow Veterans’ family members, friends and staff members to honor patients who have died at the medical center during the past three months.
“We remember Veterans with honor and integrity within the VA community,” said Christina J. Brooks-Signo, medical center chaplain. “The memorial services also allow Veterans’ families to meet the staff members who were with their loved ones during their final days.”
The medical center chaplains are available 24/7 and provide Veterans enrolled in hospice and palliative care and their families with spiritual support and guidance at the patients’ end of life, when requested. Veterans’ spiritual needs can be very different from the general population.
“Veterans are unique in that some of them have served in combat and experience post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Steven Jenks, chief of chaplain services. “Sometimes, Veterans who have served in conflicts, such as the Vietnam War, question the existence of God in their lives and feel abandoned.”
VA chaplains are board-certified by The National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains and trained to deal with the unique spiritual and emotional needs of Veterans enrolled in hospice and palliative care. “The Veterans in palliative care are usually aware of their situation,” Jenks said. “As chaplains, we help Veterans from all religious faiths find some peace of mind during their final days.”
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center Chaplin Service offers a wide range of spiritual support services for Veteran patients such as mass services, 11th Hour Volunteers, counseling and protects Veterans’ right to freedom of religion. To find out more about Martinsburg VAMC Chaplain Service, call 304-263-0811, ext. 3300.
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics located in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.