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AHCH welcomes veterans home from Honor Flight

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AHCH staff and volunteers wait at the Portland Jetport to welcome home the veterans of the recent Maine Honor Flight, including AHCH patient Theodor “Ted” Perry.

Among the 27 veterans returning home recently from their Honor Flight Maine trip was a patient of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. After Theodor “Ted” Perry experienced the journey of a lifetime, he returned home to a crowd of loving and supportive family, caregivers, volunteers and staff.

Honor Flight Maine is a non-profit organization that transports American Veterans to Washington, DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice. This program is provided at no-cost to the veterans. AHCH saw this as a unique opportunity to support veterans and to expand on their “We Honor Vets” program, which is actively engaging with veteran patients. AHCH staff and volunteers partnered with Honor Flight Maine to write letters and make cards to give to the veterans during “Mail Call.” They also gathered at the Portland Jetport to welcome the troops home.

“Our family truly appreciates the care our Dad is receiving from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice,” said Perry’s daughter, Carol Johnson. “Your team of caregivers is the best. This was a trip of a lifetime for our Dad and you made it all possible. This morning he was crying out of happiness just thinking of the royal treatment he received all weekend on Honor Flight Maine. I was inspired to see so many of you from AHCH at the welcome back rally at Portland Airport.”

“I was extremely proud to be a part of the Honor Flight celebration at the airport,” said Volunteer Supervisor Kathy Baillargeon. “I was so impressed with how many of our staff and volunteers were in attendance. It truly shows the dedication Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has in supporting our military veterans. We currently have 15 veteran volunteers who make visits to other veterans in the home, nursing facilities and Hospice House and perform special pinning ceremonies to recognize our veteran patients for their years of service.”

Volunteer Bob Oliver, a military veteran himself, was matched with Perry as part of AHCH’s “Veteran-to-Veteran” program. He performed a pinning ceremony for Perry, who had 30 people in attendance for the occasion, including family, friends and AHCH staff. Perry served in the Navy during WWII.

AHCH is planning to continue supporting Honor Flight Maine and to help other hospice patients apply to be part of future flights.

Over the past 50 years, AHCH has grown to become one of Maine’s most respected home health and hospice care agencies. To learn more about AHCH and how you can help, visit them online at www.ahch.org or call the Marketing and Development Office at 777-7740, ext. 1407.

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