Virtual Becomes Reality
Hospice of St. Francis, Space Coast Honor Flight debut new experience for veterans
In early 2019, Hospice of St. Francis introduced Virtual Reality Experiences (VRE) to their patients through the use of special three-dimensional goggles and web-based three-dimensional films. The technology provides patients with an opportunity to experience nature, tourism and special events on three-dimensional video that they can no longer do in person.
As Veteran’s Day approaches, Hospice of St. Francis and Space Coast Honor Flight along with their production partner Design Interactive, Inc., are proudly debuting a customized three-dimensional film for use within the VRE program that captures all the highlights of an actual Space Coast Honor Flight experience.
“As partners in the national We Honor Veterans program, Hospice of St. Francis is dedicated to focusing on providing specialized care for veterans that is both meaningful and beneficial. It is extremely important that we acknowledge and honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans in the most personal ways possible,” said Joe Killian, President and CEO of Hospice of St. Francis. “We wanted to be able to offer our veteran patients and their caregivers the opportunity to view an actual Space Coast Honor Flight from the perspective of a local resident veteran who attended.
“Thanks to the support and cooperation of the Space Coast Honor Flight leadership and volunteers and the talents of the team at Design Interactive, Inc., we were able to make it happen. I cannot say enough good things about how helpful and innovative both of our partners have been.”
Killian said funding for the Space Coast Honor Flight Virtual Reality Experience program at Hospice of St. Francis and the Space Coast Honor Flight production was provided by Hospice of St. Francis and its foundation.
The mission is to take veterans, especially World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington D.C. The program, in its 10th year, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with no paid employees. Space Coast Honor Flight is funded solely from grants and generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations.
“The Hospice of St. Francis Space Coast Honor Flight VRE makes it possible to share this trip, which is a display of honor and gratitude, with those who are unable to experience it in person,” said Space Coast Honor Flight President Jim Hart.
— Hospice of St. Francis
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