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Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), and other Republicans have introduced legislation that would prohibit the Department of Defense from dishonorably discharging service members for choosing not to get a COVID shot.
This “COVID-19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Act” comes on the heels of President Biden mandating millions of Americans-including service members- get vaccinated and the DOD issuing guidance stating that service members who refuse the vaccine will face “administrative or non-judicial punishment include relief of duties or discharge.”
Discussing this issue on The Todd Starnes Show, attorney Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute said we should protect our military service members.
“It would protect service members from receiving a dishonorable discharge if they are separated because they refuse to get the vaccine,” Berry told host Todd Starnes. “It basically says they cannot get a dishonorable discharge if they are separated for failure or refusal to get the vaccine, and so I would encourage listeners call your congressman, call your senator and tell them vote for that bill.”
The religious liberty lawyer added: “We want to ensure that our military is protected. Those who protect our freedoms should not lose their own freedoms.“
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The House Armed Services Committee recently passed similar language led by Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) in an amendment to the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“It’s an insult to our servicemen and women who have served with honor to dishonorably discharge them for refusing the COVID vaccine,” said Cruz in a press release. “It is the same way we dishonorably discharge those convicted of serious crimes such as treason, desertion, sexual assault, and murder.”
Forcing all service members, including pregnant women and those who have already had COVID-19, to receive the vaccine is just one more example of the Biden administration putting politics ahead of science, said Cruz.
“I am proud to join this crucial bill to ensure the proper steps are taken by the military chain of command in response to those seeking exemptions from this vaccine,” said Cruz.
“When America shut down last year, our military personnel continued to serve us at home and abroad,” said Lankford. “Now, Biden wants to remove service members who have already recovered from COVID, but will not also take the vaccine, or have a medical, religious or personal reason not to take the vaccine.”
Our men and women in uniform have fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy, and Lankford said it is right for us to protect their freedom now to choose whether or not to get the vaccine.
“President Biden should not give our military members a ‘less than honorable’ or ‘dishonorable’ discharge from the military for a conscious objection to a vaccine after they have risked their lives for our country,” said Lankford.