Democracy Now! interviews Tomas Young


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Democracy Now! interview with Iraq War veteran Tomas Young on his decision to end his life and his “Last Letter” to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

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In the week marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez spend the hour looking at the remarkable life and imminent death of Iraq War veteran Tomas Young. Young was left paralyzed in a 2004 attack in Iraq. Released from medical care three months later, Young returned home to become an active member in Iraq Veterans Against the War. Citing his overwhelming physical pain from those wounds, Young announced he has decided to end his life by discontinuing his medicine and nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube.

Joining Democracy Now! with his wife Claudia Cuellar from their home in Kansas City, Young reads from his letter, “A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran.” Legendary television talk show host Phil Donahue joins the conversation to discuss his 2007 documentary, “Body of War,” which follows Tomas’ rehabilitation and his political awakening to become one of the most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq.