Vaughan talks about his memories of the Navy and shows his family and the Covenant Hospice team members who are caring for him a book written about the incident aboard the ship. He points out a small figure in a grainy black and white photo – it is him, coming out of the blazing fire, clouds of smoke billowing far overhead.
Vaughan is now spending his last months with his family under the care of Covenant’s hospice program. When asked about his final wishes, as all of Covenant’s patients are, Vaughan told his Covenant team of his love of fishing and of the ocean, a place that for many veterans like Vaughan, has been filled with both terror and triumph. But it was a place he wanted to see one last time.
Covenant made that dream come true for Donald Vaughan and recently took him out on a deep sea fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Accompanied by his grandsons, as well as a nurse and social worker from his hospice team, Vaughan felt at peace.
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