Serve with The Twilight Brigade

Why get involved?

As many as 2,000 veterans are dying each day.

Approximately 70,000 veterans will pass this month.

More than 600,000 veterans will die this year.

Many of these veterans will die without a single visit from a family member or friend.

Whether veteran or civilian, too many people are dying alone. The dying are one of this nation’s most unrecognized and under-served groups.

As people reach the end of life they are often ignored, discounted, and treated as children or as objects. The end of life is challenging enough without the anguish of isolation. Join us in helping to see that no one dies alone.
The Twilight Brigade believes we should be there for veterans who were there for us. Volunteer support is critical for everyone but especially veterans who oftentimes do not have a strong network of support. Because of their military service and experiences, veterans have additional emotional and spiritual needs as they approach the end of life, particularly combat veterans.

What can we accomplish?

The Twilight Brigade has mobilized a band of nearly 6,000 trained volunteers and has chapters and affiliates in 20 cities across the United States. Our volunteers are visiting patients and their families in VA facilities, hospices, nursing homes and assisted living centers across the country. We wish to establish a corps of volunteers in every state and in every VA facility.

In 2012, Twilight Brigaders served over 30,000 hours at bedside collectively. This year we anticipate training 600 new volunteers and 15 new local trainers. We have a tremendous and dedicated team of volunteers and trainers who are making this possible. We still have much to do and would love to have you join our volunteer corps.

To learn more about how we are making a difference please visit our Testimonials page.

Become a Twilight Brigade Volunteer

The first step to becoming a Twilight Brigade Volunteer is to attend our weekend intensive volunteer training. After completing our training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You may then choose where you wish to serve as a volunteer. We will assist you in locating a VA or hospice in your area where you will begin as a bedside or respite volunteer. (Additional training or mentoring may be required from that facility or organization.)

If you wish to serve veterans, remember that currently 25% of all hospice patients are vets and only 4% of veterans will die in a VA hospital/facility. There are many places where veterans and civilians need a compassionate volunteer to provide a comforting presence.
"They were there for us when we needed them. We must be there for them now that they need us."
Chairman and Active Volunteer
28,000+ hours of bedside service