A gaggle of Republican lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to reassess the U.S. Coast Guard’s coverage for “non secular exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination order,” which can seemingly power the involuntary discharge of a service member whom President Joe Biden thanked final month for his “heroic work.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., together with 16 different congressmen, despatched a letter to Biden, Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Linda Fagan on Monday relating to the administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for U.S. Coast Guard members.
“Service members that haven’t obtained a COVID-19 vaccine threat an involuntary administrative separation. This coverage has resulted in a whole bunch of service members from all branches getting involuntarily discharged,” the letter stated.
The letter additionally famous Biden’s telephone name with Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch final month and recommended Loesch’s efforts throughout Hurricane Ian. Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hooper was additionally on the decision.
Loesch, who reportedly saved a 94-year-old wheelchair-bound lady and her husband by kicking by means of a wall after which hoisting them right into a helicopter, is ready to be discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard as a result of he didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. He had sought and was denied a spiritual exemption.
“Petty Officer Second Class Zach Loesch is an American hero, and he deserves to be handled as such. As a result of vaccine mandate, his rescue mission responding to Hurricane Ian could also be his final, as he’s set to be involuntary discharged in 30 to 60 days,” Boebert advised The Every day Sign in an announcement.
“The federal authorities’s failure to respect non secular freedom and permit these exemptions is inflicting the army to lose proficient people like Petty Officer Loesch,” Boebert added. “It’s time to finish these mandates and assist our troops’ non secular freedom!”
The U.S. Coast Guard has obtained greater than 1,200 non secular exemption requests however has accepted solely 12, the letter stated. Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas; Dan Bishop, R-N.C.; Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; and Diana Harshbarger, R-Tenn., amongst others, additionally signed the letter.
Loesch has additionally spoken out in regards to the vaccine mandate and its influence on his job, which he stated he feels he was “born to do.”
“If I had requested any of the folks I saved yesterday in the event that they needed to come back with me although I’m unvaccinated, each single one among them would have stated ‘sure,’” Loesch stated.
“It simply sucks that [Biden] thanked me but the vaccine mandate is what’s kicking me out. I simply love my job, and I’m actually good at it. It sucks. I really feel like that is the job that I used to be born to do,” he added.
Almost 20,000 service members are set to be discharged over the following few months because of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Fox Information reported. Biden stated the COVID-19 pandemic was over throughout an interview with CBS final month.
The Division of Homeland Safety didn’t instantly reply to The Every day Sign’s request for remark.
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