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Pushing Veterans Toward the Grave

Pushing Veterans Toward the Grave

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The Obama administration now seems to have our nation’s veterans in the crosshairs.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the booklet Your Life Your Choices—also known as the Death Book for Veterans.

This book is particularly alarming, so I want to share some detail you may not have heard.

http://www.lifeissues.org/breakingnews/2009/bn08-28-09.htm
The Obama administration now seems to have our nation’s veterans in the crosshairs.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the booklet Your Life Your Choices—also known as the Death Book for Veterans.

This book is particularly alarming, so I want to share some detail you may not have heard.

http://www.lifeissues.org/breakingnews/2009/bn08-28-09.htm

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Breaking News Archive 2009
Pushing Veterans Toward the Grave
 
First there were angry senior citizens at town hall meetings, literally fearing for their lives.They’re worried that under the President’s proposed health care plan they’ll be deniedcritical life-saving services because of their age. There’s good reason for their concern. Andwhat’s come to light since then won’t make them sleep any easier.The Obama administration now seems to have our nation’s veterans in the crosshairs.Perhaps you’ve heard about the booklet
Your Life Your Choices
—also known as the DeathBook for Veterans. This book is particularly alarming, so I want to share some detail you maynot have heard.I have the book on my desk. Part of it consists of reasonable dialogue on the importance of sharing your wishes regarding potential future medical treatment with trusted familymembers or friends. I agree that communication before a health crisis arises is key. But lookat one section titled “What makes your life worth living?” It lists 18 potential physicalconditions, and the veteran is required to check which column reflects his outlook on life.One of those columns is “not worth living.” I’m all for personal autonomy in choosingappropriate health care, but this booklet clearly crosses the line.Keep in mind it’s designed for veterans, some who’ve recently returned from the MiddleEast, missing limbs or sight. Others may be dealing with paralysis or traumatic brain injuries.Many are looking at months or years of rehabilitation—facing a future that’s dramatically andoften permanently altered. The physical wounds are accompanied by the infliction of psychological damage: depression, the fear of being dependent on others or financialconcerns.It is in this context that some of our war heroes will read
Your Life Your Choices
. After eachof the 18 scenarios on page 21, a veteran is to ask himself or herself if life would be worthliving. But a scant few actually reflect life-threatening situations. Most indicate less criticalburdens like being confined to a wheelchair, incontinence or not being able to “shake theblues.” Some don’t reflect the physical condition of the veteran at all, but instead how
others
will be affected: being a financial burden, not able to contribute to the family wellbeing, or causing stress for other family members. These make me wonder—whose sufferingis this booklet designed to alleviate?The “instructions” that follow sent a chill up my spine. If the veteran more than oncechecked the column called “worth living, but just barely,” he or she is asked whatcombination of those would it take to make his or her life “not worth living”? If the veteranchecked “can't answer now” he or she is asked what would it take to “help you decide”? Seepage 21 in its entirety here.The obvious purpose of this booklet is to be an advance directive of sorts for medical
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 treatment. Several of the pages even asked for the veteran’s initials and date. But at theback of the booklet where resources are listed, the only group indicated under “advancedirectives” is
Choice in Dying
, formerly known as the Euthanasia Society. The purpose of thisorganization is solely to advocate euthanasia.The Veterans Administration might as well abandon all subtleties, dig a grave and push ournation’s heroes into it. We owe a debt of gratitude to America’s veterans that we can neverrepay. The VA has not only brought shame upon its department but also on our whole nation.After the group
 Aging with Dignity 
brought this booklet to light, a disclaimer has been addedthat a revision is in the works. But no amount of change can take away the stain of theintended purpose—to nudge America’s war heroes toward the grave in an effort to protectlimited government resources. If you’d like to see the entire publication, clickhere.Please contact the Veterans Administration:vhaethics@va.govPhone: 202.501.0364. Mail:National Center for Ethics in Health Care, Veterans Health Administration (10E), 810 VermontAve., NW, Washington, DC 20420.Tell them America’s veterans deserve better.Sincerely for LIFE,Bradley MattesExecutive DirectorLife Issues Institute
08/28/09
 Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people througheducation. Organizations and individuals around the world depend upon Life Issues Instituteto provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life fromwomb to tomb.
Please visit our home page for more pro-life news!
 
 
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Instructions
To help others make sense out of your answers, think about the following questionsand be sure to explain your answers to your loved ones and health care providers.
If you checked "worth living, but just barely" for more than one factor, would a combination of thesefactors make your life "not worth living?" If so, which factors?If you checked "not worth living," does this mean that you would rather die than be kept alive?If you checked "can't answer now," what information or people do you need to help you decide?a.I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair.b.I can no longer get outside—I spend all day at home.c.I can no longer contribute to my family's well being.d.I am in severe pain most of the time.e.I have severe discomfort most of the time (such asnausea, diarrhea, or shortness of breath).f.I rely on a feeding tube to keep me alive.g.I rely on a kidney dialysis machine to keep me alive.h.I rely on a breathing machine to keep me alive.i.I need someone to help take care of me all of time. j.I can no longer control my bladder.k.I can no longer control my bowels.l.I live in a nursing home.m.I can no longer think clearly-I am confused all the time.n.I can no longer recognize family/friendso.I can no longer talk and be understood by others.p.My situation causes severe emotional burden for myfamily (such as feeling worried or stressed all the time).q.I am a severe financial burden on my family.r.I cannot seem to “shake the blues.”s.Other (write in):
What makes your life worth living?
Life like this would be:
difficult,worthnotcan'tbutliving, butworthansweracceptablejust barelylivingnow
Your Beliefs and Values
Initials & Date:
Instructions
This exercise will help you think about andexpress what really matters to you. For each row, check
 )one answer to express how you would feel if this factor byitself described you.

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