Deborah Grassman is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose 30-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs included being the Director of the Hospice program, as well as personally taking care of more than 10,000 dying veterans.
She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life. She is a contributing author in three textbooks, has 22 published articles, and four documentary films featuring her work. Deborah is most well-known for identifying the unique needs of Veterans at end of life, the basis for NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program.
She introduced "pinning ceremonies" to honor dying veterans which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation. She's the author of two books: Peace at Last and The Hero Within. Her work on Soul Injury is featured by Hospice Foundation of America.