Crapo and Risch worry about military dumping of COVID vaccine

Washington DC–US Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho), staunch opponents of federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and Senate colleagues sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin raising questions about the number and nature military discharges for not having received a COVID vaccine. Reports show that more than 1,700 service members have been released for their COVID vaccination status and many are being denied retirement or other service benefits, including GI Bill® education benefits, as a result.

The letter reads in part,While we are deeply disturbed that the Department of Defense (DOD) is firing U.S. military personnel due to their COVID-19 vaccination status, we are outraged that these brave men and women are potentially being deprived of various benefits, including educational benefits. to them under the GI Bill. Whatever disagreements public officials of various ideologies and political parties may have, we can and must agree on the importance of ensuring that promises made to members of our armed forces are kept.

Other signatories to the letter include Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).

To read the full letter, click HERE.

To see a full list of Senator Crapo’s efforts to fight the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, click HERE.

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