A Fort Bragg Green Beret soldier closed out 2019 with a compromise in his national medical malpractice case and news he would receive a new home.
Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal spent the year traveling from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., and testifying before Congress about his stage-four cancer diagnosis that was initially misdiagnosed by medical providers at Womack Army Medical Center.
Stayskal and his lawyer, Natalie Khawam of the Whistleblower Law Firm, took on a 70-year-old law known as the Feres Doctrine that prohibits military service members from suing the federal government.
Rep. Richard Hudson, whose congressional district includes Fort Bragg, cosponsored a bill on Stayskal’s behalf — known at the Sergeant First Class Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019 — that would have preserved the Feres Doctrine’s intent of not allowing a service member to sue if their care was received on the battlefield or was job related.
“I knew that this was a fight I was going to take on, and really every step of the way the compelling story and (Sgt. 1st Class Stayskal’s) willingness to share a painful part of his life made the difference,” Hudson said in a video uploaded to his Twitter account on Dec. 12.