Reliable Hospice Honors Two WWII Veterans with Special Pinning Ceremony
and Congressional Recognition
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017 – Servicing patients and their families in a supportive, meaningful and loving way is what Reliable Hospice is all about. Following the model of true service exemplified by its veteran patients, Reliable Hospice honored two of its World War II veterans on Sunday, Dec. 17 with a special military pinning ceremony and congressional recognition.
It was standing room only at the ceremony held at AJ Huntington Home in Huntington Beach, where WWII veterans Bernard Questel (Army Sgt.) and John Ippolito (Marine Corps. Cpl.) reside in hospice. American Legion Post 133’s Third Vice Cmrd. Russ Dohrmann (Army veteran) and Assistant Sgt.-At-Arms Norm Sumner (Marine Corps. veteran) were present as representatives of the honor guard to officially pin Questel and Ippolito with a special respect and camaraderie earned from one experienced veteran to another.
Huntington Beach Congressman Dana Rohrabacher representing the 48th District of California was also in attendance and followed the medal pinning by presenting both Questel and Ippolito with U.S. flags that were flown over the nation’s Capitol at the congressman’s request. In addition, the congressman presented both veterans with special congressional certificates thanking them for their service on behalf of a grateful nation.
Both Questel and Ippolito were moved by all the attention and said they did what needed to be done when our country needed them and would happily enlist over again. Ippolito was only 17 when he enlisted and wanted to get in the action before it was over. He served in the Philippines during his enlistment in WWII. Adding to the festive and celebratory atmosphere of the day was the fact that Questel was celebrating his 98th birthday surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“We believe that hospice is not about giving up, but rather about making more meaningful moments possible for our patient and their families,” said Rajiv Sanghvi, chief executive officer for Reliable Hospice. “Today was definitely one of those days for sharing treasured military memories and creating new family moments to remember.
“According to the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs, we are losing 372 veterans per day and only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016. We felt it was important to recognize their self sacrifices and dedication to service which above all else we aim to emmulate.”
Reliable Hospice serves patients and their families throughout Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties with a commitment to improving quality of life and providing care that matters. For more information on Reliable Hospice or its veteran appreciation program visit www.reliablehospice.org