Green Acres honors its veterans

Richard Raczkowski, an Army veteran, is honored. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Because caring for aging veterans can be different that caring for non-vets, a special ceremony was held Monday at Green Acres Retirement Living in Manistee to present pins and certificates of appreciation to veterans that live there.

“We’re educating ourselves in how to care for veterans,” said Jean Taylor, volunteer services manager and community liaison for Hospice of Michigan of Ludington. “How they dealt with things while they were in the service is many times how they deal with things now. Post traumatic stress syndrom pops up and they are losing friends now like they might have during their service.”

The five residents of Green Acres honored were U.S. Army veterans Carl Sundbeck and Richard Raczkowski and U.S. Navy veterans Harless Feagins, Harold Kaap and Karl Wagner.

Taylor said Hospice of Michigan is working to become a partner with the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization, and that organization encourages the special programs for veterans.

Harless Feagins, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, receives an award from Peaches Sanovic. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

“So, we are going to various facilities in the area to honor veterans for their service to their country,” Taylor said. “We will also be meeting with veterans organizations in the five counties we serve (Benzie, Manistee, Lake, Mason and Oceana) and we help veterans get benefits they are eligible for.”

Taylor said Hospice is also recruiting veterans to help with the program. One of the volunteers — Peaches Sanovic of Kaleva, an Army veteran — presented the awards to the veterans at Green Acres.

All five of the veterans offered their thanks for the awards, and one of them told a Green Acres staff member that this was the first time he had ever been publicly thanked for serving.

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Posted by Dave Yarnell

Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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