On July 9, a 20 year-old Airman underwent routine surgery on his gallbladder. During surgery, however, a relatively inexperienced doctor nicked his aorta, resulting in the loss of both of the Airman’s legs. This tragedy has helped to shine new light on the Feres doctrine, which prevents active-duty members of the military from filing suit for medical malpractice.
A website set up to support the Airman is available here: http://www.coltonread.com/ . I encourage all to visit this site and send your support.
More information about the Feres doctrine is available at: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/9532.htm .
Our Constitution guarantees the right to trial by jury to all citizens. This right should not be denied to the soldiers who risk their lives to protect our freedom. I’ve blogged about the Feres Doctrine before. To get a better understanding of how the doctrine works to the detriment of our military families, please click on "Feres Doctrine" in the preceeding sentence.