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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

Sergeant Travis Mills to Keynote NAHC Annual Meeting; Schedules Book Signing

August 23, 2016 02:17 PM

TRAVISMILLS250pxVal J. Halamandaris is proud to announce that an authentic American hero, Sergeant Travis Mills, has agreed to be a Keynote Speaker at the association’s October 23-25 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The topic of his speech will be: “Never, Never Give up. Never Quit.”

“Sergeant Mills’s speech will have great relevance for nurses, aides and therapists of the home care and hospice community who, like Travis, are heroes with a passion to serve others and who know what it means to be under attack, to survive against all the odds, and to continue to serve those in need,” said Halamandaris.

Travis’s story has been featured in the national news and brought Sgt. Mills universal commendation throughout America. On April 20, 2012, Sergeant Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured during his third tour of Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive his injuries.

Thanks to his amazing strength, courage, and an incredible will to live, the heroic actions of men in his unit, the prayers of thousands, and the love and care from nurses, doctors, therapists, and aides at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Travis remains on the road to recovery. Every day is a battle, but Travis continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and amazing spirit.

Throughout his recovery Travis has focused much of his time on reaching out to his colleagues who have been wounded in the wars. He has visited thousands, spoken to thousands more and brought hope and inspiration to every American who has heard his story. In September 2013, he agreed to create the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is assisting wounded veterans. He is also a husband and father.

Sergeant Mills has written a new book entitled As Tough As They Come, which will be available courtesy of Penguin Books at the NAHC annual meeting at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, in conjunction with his keynote speech on October 24 and three days before its nationwide release on October 27, 2016. Mills says he looks forward to meeting with homecare and hospice caregivers and has agreed to a book signing following his speech.

Halamandaris said Sgt. Mills represents a victory of the human spirit, an embodiment of Goethe’s assertion that “that which does  not kill me makes me stronger.” Further, said Halamandaris, “Travis inspires us all to remain positive and determined, to uplift others, and to remember that only 10 percent of life involves what happens to us and that the important 90 percent relates to what we do about what happens to us.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to say thanks to my heroes, the nurses, aides, therapists and caregivers who lovingly go about the important work of caring for millions of people who are too sick or disabled to leave home without assistance, said Sgt. Mills.




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