The Final Mile
This practice originated at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVA) in Tampa, FL and aims to ensure that all Veterans receive a dignified burial. The Final Mile was first implemented by a team at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL. This practice gathers community members and Veterans to honor the lives and service of unclaimed Veterans. This Practice establishes a protocol that can be initiated when a Veteran passes with no known next of kin (NOK). Specifically, the Final Mile combines the efforts of your local VA facility’s Decedent Affairs team with community support to provide memorial services for those Veterans that would otherwise receive little recognition upon their passing. With the help of VA facility staff and Veterans groups, such as the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® (CVMA®), a procession can be organized to ensure that Veterans without next of kin receive care and concern upon passing. Implementing this practice ensures that all Veterans cared for by your facility are honored at the end of their lives.
Our 52 Claimed Veterans as of 1/20/23
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