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               FACES IN THE NEWS

 Tough Talks  The Guidance                                                     Land Receives November 2022

                                                                               Heartland Hero Award
     Center Honors
                                                                                  New Jersey’s Heartland is proud to honor Bruce Land
 Conversations about end-of-life care are never easy—   Mayor Anthony          of Vineland, as its November 2022 Heartland Hero. The
 but necessary to ensure the best care for loved ones.  Fanucci                former New Jersey Assemblyman, whose military service
                                                                               during the Vietnam War garnered him two Bronze Stars,
        City of Vineland                                                       continues to be an advocate for veterans throughout the
     Mayor Anthony                                                             region.
 those roles and have her children care for  Fanucci was honored by              Land, a Cumberland County native, who was assigned
 her; she did speak of being a burden from  The Guidance Center                to the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam
 time to time.    as its 2022 Mental                                           soon after being drafted in 1969, is a retired captain in the
 We had Mom on hospice care—Angelic  Health Distinguished                      New Jersey Department of Corrections. As a New Jersey
 Health, in fact—for the last six weeks of   Community Leader at               Assemblyman, representing New Jersey’s 1st District from 2016-2020, Land’s committee
 her life and Mom always had a smile on   a recent awards dinner               assignments included Homeland Security & State Preparedness and Military & Veterans’
 her face to greet the nurses and aides. I   at Merighi’s Savoy Inn            Affairs, among others.
 have to think she was delighted that we   in Vineland. Fanucci was recognized for outstanding contributions and service to the   During his tenure in the Assembly, Land helped write several bills to support military
 were getting help after several years of   greater Vineland and Cumberland County communities. Both personally and profes-  veterans. Even before he entered politics, however, Land was an advocate for veterans,
 caring for both her and Dad.   sionally, Mayor Fanucci offers dedicated support for education, law enforcement, first   including as a member of the Cumberland County Veterans Commission, on which he
 Much of the advice and scenarios in   responders, mental health, business, and veterans — through his leadership, volun-  still serves. During this time of year, the Commission supports such initiatives as Project
 Stephanie’s story ring true as to things we  teerism and advocacy.            Thanksgiving, a nonprofit that provides monetary and food donations to veteran’s groups
 did or did not do. For example, did we ask   The Guidance Center is a comprehensive mental health center providing profes-  and food banks in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
 Mom what she wanted for her services?   sional services and programs for the greater Cumberland County community. For   Land says his proudest achievement as a New Jersey Assemblyman was helping to craft
 No, we did not but since she made deci-  more information call 856-825-6810 or visit the website   the “Code Blue” law, which requires all counties in the state to have a plan in place to shel-
 sions along with us for Dad’s funeral we                                      ter homeless persons during severe weather conditions.
 knew that she would choose the same.   From left: Lawrence A Pepper, Jr.; M. Jay Einstein; Donna Vertolli, vice president; Mayor   Born and raised in Millville, Land has lived with his wife Bonnie in Vineland for 45
 The funeral director asked if she wanted  Fanucci; Ed Bowman, president; Joanne Gittone, treasurer; and Robin Daplyn.  years.
 to choose for her own services at that
 time; she declined, and we honored those
 This week’s cover story also points out
 that many feel in hindsight that they did
 not call in hospice care soon enough. We
 made that mistake the first time, not the
 I will say that everything stated in
 Stephanie Farrell’s story we found to
 be true of Angelic Health. They never
 pushed anything on us but allowed us to
 choose what services we felt would best
 suit our needs.
 I was reading something recently
 where a caregiver asked her father’s doc-
 tor how she would know that it was time
 to set up hospice care for him. The doctor
 answered: “Let love be your guide.”
 I would add to that: If you’re asking
 the question, it’s not too early to call a
 hospice care company to help you assess
 the circumstances and guide you to a                                           
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