Our good friend Joseph Shapiro at NPR, who has done several stories on Bill’s Green House and Eden Alternative programs, gets to the bottom of the “death book” VA controversy. And no surprise, the Vets see right through the political B.S.
Living-Will Guide For Vets Stirs Health Overhaul Fears
A Department of Veterans Affairs booklet is stirring up new controversy over the federal government’s role in end-of-life care.
The document, called Your Life, Your Choices, has a worksheet that includes a tough question: When is life not worth living?
— “I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair.”
— “I live in a nursing home.”
— “I can no longer think clearly — I am confused all the time.”
— “I am a severe financial burden on my family.”
— “I cannot seem to ‘shake the blues.'”
In Denver, more than 1,500 members of the Disabled Veterans of America are meeting for the group’s annual convention,
“It’s a tempest in a teapot as far as I’m concerned, personally,” says Dave Autry, a spokesman for DAV.
He says although health care is on the minds of veterans at the convention, the VA guide has gotten almost no attention.
Listen to Joe’s report here: Living-Will Guide For Vets Stirs Health Overhaul Fears