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Unexpected Bequest to the Committee by California Widow - The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee
U.S. Veterans
Hospice Committee
The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is proud to announce that it has renewed its membership in the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.  The NCHV is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.

Our Mission

The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is committed to standing up for the nearly 22,000 veterans who have no home and who are suffering from a terminal illness.  The Committee's mission is to lobby Congress to do right by our heroes and fund the establishment of a national network of hospices dedicated to caring for our homeless and ailing heroes.



Unexpected Bequest to the Committee by California Widow

The U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee has received notification that a donation left in the form of a bequest was included in the will of Elisabeth Bell, a long-time supporter of our cause, who died in December 2012.

Mrs. Bell lived a fascinating and inspiring life.  Her giving spirit is evidenced through her act of leaving a financial bequest to the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee as a way to honor the sacrifice of our veterans and to help advocate for the hospice care so many homeless and terminally ill veterans need. Born in 1926 as Elisabeth Ehrig in Ellefeld, Germany, a relatively small town outside of Berlin, her early childhood was a happy, carefree one – one that ended suddenly with the rise to power of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party.

The utter devastation and rui caused by Hilter across Germany, Europe, and Russia left an indelible impression on Mrs. Bell.  She studied English and worked diligently to support herself in wartime Germany – no small feat.  While working as a “coffee girl” at the Berlin Airport, she met Sid Bell, a Master Sergeant in the U.S Air Force, who served during the Berlin Airlift. The two soon married, and moved to the United States. Her husband was soon stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where Mrs. Bell landed a job as a teller for American Express.  Speaking impeccable English and German, and some Japanese, and having a head for numbers, Liz soon advanced to management.

From there, she relocated to Texas and then eventually San Francisco for a management job with the Bank of America. She and Sid lived quiet lives in retirement enjoying jazz music, literature, and keeping current on the news of the day until his death in 2001. Mrs. Bell’s gift to the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee is an unexpected honor to receive.

If you want to discuss how to leave a financial gift from your estate to the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee in your will, please call (571) 425-4159 and speak with Sean Ferritor.  Or if you prefer, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Our staff would be happy to assist you. We hope that you will let us know when you have completed your estate planning documents and have named the U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee as a beneficiary. We would like to express our appreciation and will respect your anonymity if you so choose.

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Thanks from the VA

Petzel"Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of America's homeless Veterans and continuing support of our mission."

--Robert A. Petzel, M.D.
Under Secretary for Health (2010-2014)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs