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Iraq war veteran ready to die on his own terms

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tomas Young has been fighting for nine years, fighting his government, fighting the Veterans Affairs Department and fighting his own deteriorating body.

But soon the struggle will be over. The Kansas City man, who was paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper's bullet during the Iraq war, is in hospice care and preparing to die.

In the next few weeks, after he has said all his goodbyes, he intends to refuse nourishment, water and life-extending medication. He expects his 33-year life to end a few days later.

"Because I'm tired," Young said this week from his bed. "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."