No Veteran Dies Alone Volunteer Program - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital


No Veteran Dies Alone Volunteer Program

Hospice and Palliative Care LogoNo Veteran Dies Alone (NVDA) is a volunteer program that provides a reassuring presence to Veterans who would otherwise be alone at the end of life. No Veteran Dies Alone was adapted from a community program first envisioned in 1988 by Sandra Clarke, a critical care nurse in Eugene, Oregon.  The lonely death of one particularly elderly patient led Sandra to the idea of a volunteer companion program for hospital patients who would otherwise die alone.  The program has inspired hospitals around the U.S., including the VA hospital system, to create similar programs.  

Volunteers are contacted as needed to provide bedside vigil for a dying Veteran. Volunteers can also provide supportive visits to Veterans in the Hospice Unit at any time; some volunteers choose to serve on the anniversary of the death of a loved one, others simply choose times that are convenient for them.  Visit activities might include reading aloud, playing quiet music, playing games, or just serving as a calming presence.

 The NVDA program is coordinated through the Department of Voluntary Service and the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team at Hines. After successful completion of the Voluntary Service process, volunteers will attend a specific orientation for NVDA.

 Application and orientation dates can be found online at: or by contacting the Hines Voluntary Service office at 708-202-2523.



Contact Info


  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
    5000 South 5th Ave
    Building 217

Contact Number(s)

  • 708-202-8387 Ext. 22408

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am-4:30pm