VA allowing dying paratrooper to spend last days with wife

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Veterans Administration is allowing a 92-year-old World War II veteran who is dying of cancer to spend his last days with his wife in a Colorado nursing home that is not approved by the agency, but his family says he is probably too close to death to move.

Elmer Melchi (Mel-KAI), who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, is in hospice care, while June Melchi, who has dementia, is at a nursing home in Pueblo.

Son Garry Melchi told The Pueblo Chieftain ( ) on Friday the VA signed the paperwork to allow his father to be transferred, but the elder Melchi has been in and out of consciousness.

June Melchi lives in a nursing home that does not have a VA contract, and the family didn’t want to move her to a VA-approved care center because it might confuse her.


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