Coastal Hospice volunteer David Duitscher received the award for volunteerism in the veteran category during the 34th Governor’s Service Awards ceremony on Nov. 2 at the Children’s Theater in Annapolis.
Duitscher, who has been volunteering with Coastal Hospice for 17 years, is a veteran himself and an active volunteer in Coastal Hospice’s “We Honor Veterans” program that honors veterans in hospice care. Duitscher personally makes visits to homes where he presents the veterans in hospice care with a personalized award certificate and an American flag blanket and offers the final military salute.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, or assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.
Shown left to right at the awards ceremony are Steven McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives; Robert L. Flynn, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; David Duitscher; and Van Brooks, Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.