President Biden thanked a Coast Guard member for a heroic Hurricane Ian rescue just days before he is set to be fired for refusing the president’s vaccine mandate.
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Following the hurricane’s rampage through southwestern Florida, Biden called several members of the Coast Guard to thank them for their heroism and offer additional support.
However, Technician Second Class Zach Loesch, one of the members who received a call from the president, is set to be fired soon as a result of Biden’s vaccine mandate for the military.
The Biden Administration even leveraged the call for good publicity in a press release.
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“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hooper and Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch to personally thank them for the heroic work that they and their Coast Guard colleagues have performed during search and rescue operations in response to Hurricane Ian,” the press release said.
It continued, “The President thanked them for saving lives and asked for a report on the work that continues to rescue Floridians. He also asked if they needed any additional support that he can provide to accelerate successful rescues; they indicated they have gotten what they need to execute their vital mission.”
Loesch told Breitbart that he filed a religious exemption request and a subsequent appeal. The Coast Guard denied both requests and is set to continue with Loesch’s termination.
“If I had asked any of the people I saved yesterday if they wanted to come with me even though I am unvaccinated, every single one of them would have said ‘yes,'” Loesch said.
Loesch expressed dismay over the situation because of his love of service to the country.
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“It just sucks that he thanked me, yet the vaccine mandate is what’s kicking me out,” he said. “I just love my job, and I’m really good at it. I feel like this is the job that I was born to do.”
The Daily Mail reports that Loesch is one of over 2,000 Coast Guard personnel who refuse to get the vaccine.
Zach Loesch is an American hero saving lives in Florida and the Biden Administration is kicking him out of the Coast Guard for refusing the jab.— Sarge (@PromoCodePillow) October 2, 2022
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Zach Loesch is one of 2,600 Coasties that despite being sent to help stranded Floridians, will be kicked out over a vaccine.— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) October 3, 2022
I guarantee not one Floridian cared about his vaccine status when he carried them out of their flooded home. Biden’s mandate must end! pic.twitter.com/tRcREyTQLc
According to the Military Times, members who are involuntarily separated from service will receive a general discharge and are still eligible for benefits. Those discharged also can rejoin the military if they later choose to receive the vaccine.