Understanding the Unique Health & Holistic Needs of American Veterans
TUCSON, Ariz. – (Nov. 10, 2010) – U.S. Veterans are the epitome of bravery and heroism. Many enlisted in a time of war, proudly served multiple tours of duty and made sacrifices most of us cannot begin to imagine. President Barack Obama said that, “caring for veterans is a responsibility and duty for all Americans.” In Tucson, you can do your part to say “thank you” by learning how to appropriately care for these brave souls special needs as they age. 

Carondelet Hospice & Palliative Care presents Hero Within: Honoring & Caring for Veterans Workshop Tuesday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverpark Inn at 350 S. Freeway in Tucson. 

More than 1,800 Veterans die every day in this country—that’s about 54,000 people a month, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Veterans represent a quarter of all deaths in the U.S. This event includes multi-phased workshop on caring for their health and aging needs and an opportunity to meet with professionals dedicated to Veterans’ care in our community. The key presenter will be Deborah Grassman, a nurse at VA Medical Center Bay Pines in Florida and author of Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families. 

If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or care for a veteran, you will be both inspired and educated by stories that will open your mind and heart to ways that you can enhance healing at the end of veteran’s lives. 

The workshop is FREE for all veterans, $10 for guests of Veterans. To register, call (520) 205-7557 or email Tara Norris at

Carondelet Health Network, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include seventeen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's 
largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly$50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at