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Military / Medical Mistakes / Rodriguez #938430

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The case of Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez, who died from skin cancer that was untreated by military doctors, recalled.

(Washington: Byron Pitts) The Rodriguez family’s fight to sue the military for malpractice featured; Rodriguez’s case and coverage by CBS News reviewed; scenes shown from today’s Congressional hearing on Representative Maurice Hinchey††‘s proposed Carmelo Rodriguez bill, which challenges the Feres Doctrine. [In January 2008, sister Elizabeth RODRIGUEZ†- recounts Carmelo’s wish that they fight for him.] [Former assistant JAG retired Maj. Gen. John ALTENBURG†- supports the Feres ruling; says the benefits system should be enhanced.] [Sister Yvette RODRIGUEZ††- says Carmelo wanted to ensure what happened to him would not happen to another servicemember.]

Couric, Katie;
Pitts, Byron

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