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Sen. John McCain, War Hero, Chooses to End Medical Treatment

The Arizona senator is suffering from brain cancer, and it appears the end is near for the American hero.

By NTK Staff | 08.24.2018 @12:00pm
Sen. John McCain, War Hero, Chooses to End Medical Treatment

The family of Sen. John McCain, a longtime giant of American politics and a Vietnam war hero, announced on Friday that the one-time presidential candidate will end his treatment for brain cancer.

McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, shared a statement on Twitter saying that the 81-year-old senator “surpassed expectations,” but the disease has made his fate inevitable.

McCain served in as a pilot in Vietnam and was captured by Vietnamese forces. The future senator spent five-and-a-half years in Vietnamese captivity. After the war, he served for 36 years in the U.S. Congress, and he ran for president in 2000 and 2008. He became the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.

As a prisoner-of-war, McCain suffered torture and brutality, refusing to abandon his fellow prisoners when offered release. Here’s the story as told by The New Yorker:

In 1968, less than a year after his Navy bomber was shot down, the imprisoned McCain was abruptly offered unconditional release by the North Vietnamese, perhaps because his father had just been named the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. McCain was still badly crippled from his crash and the poor medical treatment that followed, yet he adhered to the P.O.W. code of honor and refused to be repatriated ahead of American prisoners who had been in captivity longer than he. His refusal was adamant. His guard told him, “Now, McCain, it will be very bad for you.” He was tortured for his defiance, and ultimately spent more than two years in solitary confinement. The abuse, combined with the after-effects of his injuries, left him physically marked. He could have avoided it all, but out of loyalty and—one has to name it—love for his comrades, he chose not to.

The senator, patriot, and war hero will be sorely missed when his time comes. John McCain’s life made the United States a better place.

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