Tomas Young, one of the most famous Iraqi war veterans to publicly oppose the war, died yesterday at the age of 34.
Young joined the military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was deployed to Iraq where in 2004 he was wounded in combat. As a result of those wounds Young was paralyzed and eventually became a quadriplegic. After returning from the war he became a critic of the Iraq War and joined Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Young’s struggles with his decision to join the military in the first place as well as deal with being paralyzed became the subject of the documentary Body of War.