A soldier’s unselfish service and love for his country is being returned in a meaningful way by Operation Finally Home. The Texas-based organization has partnered with local builder Daniel Adams Construction, along with Cushman & Wakefield, to provide a custom, mortgage-free home for U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Richard Stayskal and his family.
“We are so proud of our military families and the folks who come through Moore County,” said Traci Adams, co-owner of Daniel Adams Construction. “This is one way we can give back.”
A resident of Pinehurst with his wife and two daughters, Stayskal has devoted his entire career to military service, but has spent the last three years battling a more insidious enemy: terminal cancer.
In 2001, Stayskal enlisted in the U.S. Marines and was deployed to Iraq when he was critically wounded. His severe injuries led to his honorable discharge in 2005, but a year later, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course.
As a Green Beret, he deployed overseas multiple times and has earned the Bronze Star medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement medal, and a Meritorious Unit Citation among others.
In January 2017, Stayskal underwent routine screening at Womack Army Medical Center where doctors failed to detect that he was suffering from lung cancer. The delayed diagnosis greatly diminished Stayskal’s odds of survival.
The long-held Feres Doctrine, an obscure rule stemming from a 1950 Supreme Court decision, prohibited Stayskal -- and any other military personnel -- from bringing lawsuits against the government.
After his diagnosis, Stayskal began meeting with lawmakers and last December, President Donald Trump signed the SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019, which provides service members legal recourse for malpractice.
The same day the legislation was signed into law, Stayskal and his family appeared on a morning episode of the Fox and Friends television program. During the show, the Stayskals learned they will receive a new mortgage-free residence in Moore County from Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit that provides housing to veterans and families of fallen service members.
Adams said that fundraising will be an important component of the project.
“This is a great couple and their beautiful girls. We want to get them in their new home where they will be comfortable,” she said.
Daniel Adams Construction will host an information session for interested businesses and donors in February. For more information, contact Traci@danieladams.com or by phone (910) 295-1504.
Visit Operation Finally Home online at www.operationfinallyhome.org/