What vets want at the end of life is very different from what civilians want
A lot of Ron Fleming's fellow soldiers spent the last five decades trying to forget what they saw and did in Vietnam. Now 74, Fleming has spent most of that time trying to hold on to it. He has never been as proud as he was when he was 21. But now, it is. Fleming has congestive heart failure, arthritis and breathing problems. He often lands in the VA hospital with asthma attacks, and the palliative care team visits him regularly. He thinks about death. "I wish it'd get off its ass and come on me. I'm sick of this crap," he said, as his heart rate monitor ticked up. "You see, dying's the easy part. Living is what's hard."
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