The Crucifixion of Tomas Young

(Chris Hedges)   I flew to Kansas City last week to see Tomas Young. Young was paralyzed in Iraq in 2004. He is now receiving hospice care at his home. I knew him by reputation and the movie documentary “Body of War.” He was one of the first veterans to publicly oppose the war in Iraq. He fought as long and as hard as he could against the war that crippled him, until his physical deterioration caught up with him.

“I had been toying with the idea of suicide for a long time because I had become helpless,” he told me in his small house on the Kansas City outskirts where he intends to die. “I couldn’t dress myself. People have to help me with the most rudimentary of things. I decided I did not want to go through life like that anymore. The pain, the frustration. …”

He stopped abruptly and called his wife. “Claudia, can I get some water?” She opened a bottle of water, took a swig so it would not spill when he sipped and handed it to him.

“I felt at the end of my rope,” the 33-year-old Army veteran went on. “I made the decision to go on hospice care, to stop feeding and fade away. This way, instead of committing the conventional suicide and I am out of the picture, people have a way to stop by or call and say their goodbyes. I felt this was a fairer way to treat people than to just go out with a note. After the anoxic brain injury in 2008 [a complication that Young suffered] I lost a lot of dexterity and strength in my upper body. So I wouldn’t be able to shoot myself or even open the pill bottle to give myself an overdose. The only way I could think of doing it was to have Claudia open the pill bottle for me, but I didn’t want her implicated.”

“After you made that decision how did you feel?” I asked.

“I felt relieved,” he answered. “I finally saw an end to this four-and-a-half-year fight. If I were in the same condition I was in during the filming of ‘Body of War,’ in a manual chair, able to feed and dress myself and transfer from my bed to the wheelchair, you and I would not be having this discussion. I can’t even watch the movie anymore because it makes me sad to see how I was, compared to how I am. … Viewing the deterioration, I decided it was best to go out now rather than regress more.”


3 Responses to The Crucifixion of Tomas Young

  • And how is Bush Jr. doing on his retirement and medical package living on his 99,000 acre ranch in Paraguay.

    You know he lied about WMD.

    You know he at least knew 9/11 was going to happen and probably had a hand in it.

    The good ones leave us and the rotten ones live out a long prosperous life for now.

    But, in the end – there will be a higher authority to answer to and in the blink of an eye this 70/80 years of life will be over and eternity is a loooooooooooooong time.

    Justice will be served, in the end.

    Rest in peace Tomas – you’re in a better place I’m sure and now at peace.

    May the Good Lord bless you and your family.

    You are now free of this BS planet run by power hungry psychopaths.

  • THIS story really breaks your heart,WHEN are americans going to realize,WAR is a RACKET rich bankers play to make money for themselves and their rich friends,LOOK CLOSE at all the past wars and then see if anyone got rich,and ITS THE SAME CROWD everytime,federal reserve bankers from england and america,they own every whore in government,and they kill anyone who don’t like it with their police gangs and their swat team killers,WAKE UP AMERICA,BEFORE YOU GET HERDED INTO A FEMA DEATH CAMP……………………..

  • GO BUY a KING JAMES BIBLE(1611 version),go to JAMES chapter 2,verse 1-7,there YOU will find the LORDS warning about these filthyrich bastards who are conning you into believeing everyones your enemy around the world,THE TERRORISTS ‘ARE THE BANKERS’ wake up,before they put your neck into a guillotine in a FEMA DEATH CAMP,……………..

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