Yancey Farrington survived six years on the battlefields of Kuwait and Afghanistan. Now he’s dying in his walkup in the Bronx.
Wasting away from cancer in Morrisania, Farrington counts on a new battalion for help — We Honor Veterans, a partnership of the Veterans Affairs Department and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Not enough vets know about it, said Joseph Vitti, a former Army lieutenant and liaison between hospice care workers and the VA.
“Some have been through hell and back and are now at the most fragile moments of their lives,” Vitti said.
Like so many vets, Farrington, 48, initially tried to soldier through on his own.
“I did not have much of a choice,” Farrington said. “I could go home and probably die sooner than expected without treatment. It’s been OK.”
He’s determined to fight, but knows how this battle ends. Weak and gaunt, he cries only when he talks about his wife, Catalina; daughters Kayli, 7, and Savannah, 8, and son, Andre, 3.
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