Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal took a bullet in his left lung from a Dragunov sniper rifle in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2004. But that wasn’t the end of his breathing issues; last year the 37-year-old Green Beret took an ambulance ride to an Army hospital, received a CT scan, and was sent on his way.
But just a few months later, he learned from a civilian doctor he had aggressive lung cancer, a diagnosis, Stayskal says, was botched by Army physicians.
“They knew about it, somebody saw it, and nobody told me,” he tells Connecting Vets.
Now the father of two is terminally ill with stage four cancer, with tumors spreading to his spleen and neck.