Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), a member of the House Armed Services Committee comes out in an article in the Los Angeles Times in favor of the Feres Doctrine — a controversial rule that has effectively stripped military personnel of their ability to sue for even the most gross negligent acts by military doctors and managers. The article reports growing demands for the long-awaited termination of the doctrine.
Hunter calls the Feres Doctrine “a reasonable approach to ensuring that litigation does not interfere with the objectives and readiness of our nation’s military.” Yet, it is primarily designed to save the government money from having to pay for its own negligence — making military personnel a fraction of the cost of other citizens to hurt and kill.
As noted in prior columns, here and here and here, Feres has caused untold injury to our military personnel and their families. Yet, case of such negligence continue unabated in the absence of any legal deterrent. Click here and here.
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