The National Hospice Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) recently honored a local veteran for her military service at a gathering of co-workers and friends.
Kim Dalhover, a U.S. Army Veteran, was presented with a veteran’s pin with the American flag, and a veterans’ quilt made by the Scrappy Ladies, a quilting club based in Walsenburg, and also a plaque from NHPCO to thank her for her military service. NHPCO also presented her with a certification to declare that she was an Army veteran.
The emotional gathering was held at the home of Donna Leonetti, who helped organize the event attended by friends of Dalhover and her co-workers where she worked at Aguilar High School as a cook in the cafeteria. In addition, there were military veterans in attendance to pay their tribute to Dalhover.
“She was overwhelmed by the recognization,” said Director of NHPCO, Kathy Bueno. “As members of Hospice,” she said, “we participate in the ‘We Honor Veteran Program’ and it was really our joy to attend and honor Kim. She is close to everyone’s heart in our Hospice program.”
Dalhover served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1978 and left the Army with the rank of Private First Class. Dalhover also served a tour in Germany during her military service.