Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere; Obituaries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere; Obituaries

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Tomas Young * An Iraq War veteran-turned-activist who became one of the first veterans to publicly oppose the war, died Monday (No. 10, 2014) at a home in Seattle. He was 34.

Mr. Young, a native of Kansas City, enlisted in the Army two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at age 22. He completed his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, and shipped out to Iraq. Mr. Young was riding through Sadr City in an unarmored, uncovered Humvee when he was shot through the spinal cord and paralyzed. He relied on a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

His experience was recorded in the documentary "Body of War," produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, which followed Mr. Young as he transformed from recovering veteran to antiwar activist.

Mr. Young said he had become disillusioned after landing in Iraq; he had enlisted in hopes of being sent to Afghanistan to help punish those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. He became a spokesman for the early movement against the war in Iraq. …

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