MSNBC New York: Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal says he was driving home from softball practice with his 12-year-old daughter Addisyn earlier this month when he got a call from his lawyer saying his yearlong quest to hold military doctors accountable for their mistakes had been successful.
“[My daughter] screamed and yelled that she was so happy and proud,” Stayskal said. “I just sat and smiled and pondered on the last year and everything that has been.
From four months ago:
“It was just an overwhelming feeling of relief.”
>Stayskal, 38, a Green Beret based at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, is living with terminal lung cancer. After military doctors failed to diagnose his illness in 2017, he found out that not only was it terminal, but also a 70-year-old Supreme Court ruling blocked him from suing the military.
In 2018, as NBC Nightly News detailed in November, Stayskal began fighting to hold the military accountable with the help of his lawyer Natalie Khawam and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s Military Personnel Subcommittee.
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