Korean War Veteran Honored by SSM Health at Home

On December 27, 2017, SSM Health at Home honored hospice patient Donald Bobb for his service to our nation. Family including his wife Barbara, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gathered at All Saints Assisted Living in Madison to watch as SSM Health at Home Spiritual Counselor Sister Georgeann Roudebush led a Veteran Pinning Ceremony.

Donald, who served in the army from 1952-1955, was a Corporal in the Korean War. After completing training in Seoul, Donald spent time on the front lines. When officials realized he could type, he became a radio operator, sending messages and helping to triangulate North Korean radio centers.

“This ceremony is important to the whole family, especially for the grandchildren to realize what their grandfather sacrificed for them,” stated daughters Brenda Pitterle and Bonnie Bobb. “Dad is a quiet man who never wants to be the center of attention. We are so happy for him to be front and center today.”

Sister Georgeann Roudebush led the ceremony stating “As a soldier, you wrote a ‘blank check’ payable to the United States of America for the amount up to, and including, your life. Thank you for your service. Thank you for the freedom you earned for all of us. SSM Health at Home wants you to know that you are appreciated, and we are honored to serve you for this part of your journey in life. On behalf of SSM Health at Home, please accept our thanks and gratitude. Know that your service to the nation is deeply appreciated.”

Following her words, Donald was “pinned” with an American flag lapel pin and presented with a framed certificate and his son read a poem entitled Freedom.

SSM Health at Home patients who have a history of military services are often recognized in these Pinning Ceremonies to publically acknowledge their military service and the sacrifices made by both the patient and their family. The ceremonies are part of the We Honor Veterans program, a pioneering campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal of the program is to help health care providers better care for patients with military service.

SSM Health at Home is proud to be a Level 4 Partner, the highest level of distinction in the We Honor Veterans program. As a partner organization, SSM Health at Home integrates best practices for providing quality care to veteran patients as well as educates our staff and volunteers about the unique needs of patients who have served in our nation’s military. This knowledge and sensitivity can be particularly important for those who experienced combat service or trauma, as these past experiences may resurface during a serious illness.

“Dad put his life on the line for the freedom of all Americans,” Donald’s son Bruce Bobb added, “I am very happy that dad is being honored by SSM Health at Home for his service to our country.”