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Veteran Group Fights Back On Far-Right Smears

08/25/2009
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FlagBolivarAs many of our Dare To Dream reader know, we at DTD have been actively involved with postings on Health Care and especially when it come to Veteran Health Care.

We are pleased to pass on this press release from yesterday concerning the smears directed towards Veterans and their Health Care.

By VoteVets.org | Press Release
PUBLISHED: August 24, 2009

Washington – American war veterans are not happy with recent attempts to smear the Department of Veterans Affairs work helping veterans with the very sensitive issue of their living wills, and are calling on the media to quickly debunk the growing rumors.

Richard Smith, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and editor of the veterans blog VetVoice.com has taken on the fear mongering, which includes false charges that the VA has employed the use of a “Death Book” to encourage veterans to kill themselves – charges that have made their way from an op-ed from a former advisor to George W. Bush, to Sarah Palin’s Twitter Feed, and then heavily promoted by FOX News Sunday.

Smith’s writings and more details on the issue can be found at the following links:

http://vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3084

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/8/24/771691/

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The rumors of a so-called “Death Book” first began in an op-ed penned by former Bush advisor Jim Towey. Towey is the founder of Aging With Dignity, a group that also sells his end-of-life pamphlet, “Five Wishes.”

In his op-ed, he falsely states that the Department of Veterans Affairs has mandated that another end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices” be distributed to veterans, and goes on to charge that the department seems to want veterans to end their lives early. In fact, “Your Life, Your Choices” is under review, and no one is mandated to give it to veterans.

“This is one of the most outrageous lies being tossed out there during this whole health care debate,” Smith said in a statement. “It all started because a former Bush adviser who is peddling his own pamphlet about end-of-life decisions is upset that the VA didn’t purchase his publication for distribution. Capitalizing on the fear of ‘Death Panels,’ he brazenly introduced his own copy-cat term. This misinformation campaign hurts veterans, lowers the level of debate, and unfairly smears the many good people at Veterans Affairs who are trying to help veterans live long and productive lives.”

“It’s up to the media to quickly and forcefully expose this garbage for what it is,” Smith concluded.

VoteVets.org is the leading progressive, pro-military organization of veterans, dedicated to the destruction of terror networks around the world, with force when necessary. It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on issues of importance to the troops and veterans, and holding politicians accountable for their actions on these issues.

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