A bill that would give U.S. troops the right to be compensated for military medical malpractice unrelated to combat and training is expected to be signed into law before Christmas, according to Attorney Natalie Khawam, who has aggressively championed the Feres Doctrine cause.
Khawam is the attorney for Green Beret Sfc. Richard Stayskal, who for the past year has fought to give troops the right to sue the government for medical malpractice, which has not been allowed under the 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres Doctrine.
For an entire year FOX 46 has reported on Stayskal’s mission as he battles stage four terminal lung cancer – an illness the military mistook for pneuomonia.
“You can either sit there and be sad and depressed all the time,” Stayskal said, while receiving cancer treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. “Or, find a way around it and fix it. So, simply, that’s what I’m trying to do.”
The Sfc. Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019 passed the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It was supported by Republicans and Democrats from across the country. But the bill stalled in the Senate due to opposition from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and has refused to take up the bill or even meet with Stayskal.
In a miraculous twist of fate, on Monday, Nov. 25, it was confirmed to FOX 46 that the Sfc. Richard Stayskal Military Accountability Act has been included in the final National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be signed into law before Christmas.
BREAKING SCOOP: The Sfc. Richard Stayskal Military Accountability Act has been included in final Nat'l Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be signed into law before Christmas.
— Matt Grant (@MattGrantFOX46) November 25, 2019