In February, prominent Iraq War vet/anti-war activist and subject of Phil Donahue's documentary, Body of War (http://www.bodyofwar.com), Tomas Young, announced he is ending his nine year losing battle against unbearable, intractable chronic pain due to injuries he sustained just five days after his deployment to Iraq that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Now dependent on a feeding tube, Thomas announced that after celebrating his one year anniversary with his wife, he will begin to wean his body off the liquid nourishment and medications sustaining him and slowly "go away."
Here is a link to a recent 3/21 interview with Tomas on Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/21/exclusive_dying_iraq_war_veteran_tomas
Here is a link to a republication of the letter Tomas wrote to Former President George W. Bush and Former Vice President Dick Cheney on the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/tomas-young-dying-iraq-war-veteran-writes-last-letter-to-bush-and-cheney-20130320
As citizens of the United States and in honor of your memory, we pledge to work steadfastly to make sure we have a healthcare system that does not allow people in pain to suffer as you have been forced to suffer, and to make certain we elect public servants who do not squander American lives as the Bush administration and the congress serving at that time squandered yours.
We see you. We hear you. We will not remain passive. We will not be silent.
Farewell, Tomas, and thank you.