I check several news feeds every morning, and came across this story about a veteran who volunteers his time at local hospices to ensure that dying veterans of long forgotten conflicts have a friend by their side during their last moments on earth. An incredible mission to say the least.

So many people I come into contact with ask how they can help out the veteran community, well here you go, and all it requires is your time, and compassion.

Excerpt, and link to the original story below. Let me know what you think.

Veteran on quest to ensure old soldiers don’t die alone

By: Andrea Signor

For the past 25 years, Ottomeyer has volunteered in hospice centers in Michigan (where he has lived in Ann Arbor since 2007), North Carolina and Idaho. Every week he encounters the sick and the dying, all of them military veterans.

“I don’t think any veteran should die alone,” he said.

Nationwide, veterans of World War II are dying at a high rate — over 600 per day, according to a report by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ottomeyer said he’s now starting to see Vietnam-era vets in hospice.

Ottomeyer fears many are dying alone. He hopes younger veterans will volunteer to support the older generation.