- "I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair."
- "I can no longer get outside-I spend all day at home."
- "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being."
- "I live in a nursing home."
- "My situation causes severe emotional burden for my family (such as feeling worried or stressed all the time."
- "I am a severe financial burden on my family."
- "I cannot seem to shake the blues."
Former Bush White House official Jim Towey drew attention to this little-noticed development at the VA after the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece this past week entitled, "The Death Book For Veterans." The author of the VA document, Dr. Robert Pearlman, is an advocate for physician-assisted suicide as Towey notes. Towey has authored his own end-of-life counseling booklet that sells for $5. During a discussion of this issue on FOX News Sunday this morning, Assistant VA Secretary Tammy Duckworth suggested that Towey is simply interested in peddling his own booklet on which the VA wouldn't spend money. Duckworth disputed whether the Pearlman-authored directives had been adopted as official VA policy; however, FOX News' Chris Wallace confronted her with evidence on the VA's own website suggesting otherwise, and that the VA had posted a disclaimer on its website only after Towey's column was published indicating that the policy was still undergoing further revisions.