How Is Tomas Doing?

A song cannot change the world,” he declared. “But this many people can change the world. How do we know? It is stitched into the fabric of our flag and it is welded into our constitution that we have the right and the responsibility to make change.”

There’s a monstrous musical festival in the middle of Tennessee. Bonnaroo. It’s a liberal thing actually, politically speaking. Pearl Jam was there – Eddie Vedder singing ‘No More War’, a song he wrote for Tomas Young, the young soldier turned antiwar activist in relation of the idiocy of the Iraq War.

I ran across a bit of news on Tomas’ recent hospitalization from a note written by Ellen Spiro, co-producer of ‘Body of War’ with it apparently posting over at Huffington Post; I found it via Silobreaker. It was an inadvertent find since I was reading up and looking over some stuff on Tom Morello.

On May 23 last month Tomas Young suffered a pulmonary embolism in the middle of the night and was found in his home the next day– in a coma. He has been struggling to get better ever since, and is still able to infuse humor into the scariest and darkest moments.

Tomas served as Executive Producer the film’s companion album, Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran, featuring 23 songs chosen by Tomas, including songs by Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Bright Eyes, Lupe Fiasco, Tori Amos, Public Enemy and Serj Tankian. Tomas designated the Iraq Veterans Against the War to receive the profits from this album.

Tomas and his family have been on a medical roller coaster ride, in and out of the I.C.U., with rapid improvements followed by sudden setbacks. Tomas began to improve and was talking and cracking more jokes when he was struck with an infection that left him back in an unresponsive state in intensive care.

Supportive correspondence can be sent to Tomas at:

St. Luke’s Hospital, 4401 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64111

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