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Politics US troops should 'only receive an honorable discharge' for refusing COVID vaccine, according to a GOP bill

11:00  23 september  2021
11:00  23 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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On Tuesday, three GOP senators introduced the " COVID -19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Act," which builds on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that passed in committee earlier this month. An honorable discharge is the highest category of military separation and gives a "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. "It is the same way we dishonorably discharge those convicted of serious crimes such as treason, desertion, sexual assault, and murder."

The Pentagon ordered all service members to get vaccinated last month and didn't rule out court martialing those who don't. More than 800,000 service members out of around 1.4 million still needed to get their shots at the time of the mandate, according to Pentagon data. Mark Green, R-Tenn., made its way into the bill that prohibited 'any discharge but honorable ' for vaccine refusal . Section 716 notes 'many Americans have reservations about taking a vaccine that has only been available for less than a year.' 'No American who raises their hand to serve our Nation should be punished for making

Ted Cruz with his mouth open: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP © Provided by Business Insider Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP
  • The Department of Defense recently mandated that all members of the military get the COVID vaccine.
  • The Army said last week that members who refuse the shot could be subject to discharge.
  • Republicans say that service members who refuse the vaccine should "only receive an honorable discharge."
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In the wake of the Department of Defense mandate that all US service members receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Republicans are seeking to ensure that those who refused to do so and are subsequently forced out "only receive an honorable discharge."

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A group of Republican senators on Tuesday unveiled legislation seeking to prohibit the Department of Defense from issuing dishonorable discharges for U . S . MORE (Okla.) and Tommy Tuberville (Ala.) announced in a press release that the bill , called the “ COVID -19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Act,” states that a member of the military who refuses the COVID -19 vaccine "may only receive an honorable discharge .”

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On Tuesday, three GOP senators introduced the "COVID-19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Act," which builds on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that passed in committee earlier this month. An honorable discharge is the highest category of military separation and gives a veteran full-access to benefits to which their service entitles them.

In a press release, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and James Lankford of Oklahoma blasted President Joe Biden's administration for not being sufficiently supportive of the troops.

"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. "It is the same way we dishonorably discharge those convicted of serious crimes such as treason, desertion, sexual assault, and murder."

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"There is no question about it: American heroes should not be treated as felons because of their personal medical choices," said Marshall.

The text of the bill, released by Cruz's senate office, specifies that a "member of an Armed Force under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of a military department subject to discharge on the basis of the member choosing not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may only receive an honorable discharge."

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While the number of US residents who want the immunization has crept up since December, 51 percent remain either hesitant or downright opposed to getting their shots, according to the poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of that defiant group, 31 percent say they want to see further results about the vaccine ’s effectiveness and side effects before making up their minds, 13 percent are refusing to take it, and another 7 percent claim they only will if required. “Those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID -19 have many concerns and information needs related to the new vaccines ,’’ the pollsters

The 4,115 breakthrough cases represent only vaccinated hospitalizations and deaths – not vaccinated breakthrough infections overall, which the CDC stopped tracking in April. Israel: 64 percent of COVID patients in serious condition are fully vaccinated . It’s a worldwide problem. According to the vaccine tracker of the New York Times , 64 percent of Israelis have received at least one dose and 60 percent have been fully vaccinated as of Thursday, Aug. 12. More than 650,000 citizens over age 60 or who are immunosuppressed have also received a third dose of the vaccine .

Last week, the Army said that members who refuse the vaccine will be counseled by their chain of command, but that continued noncompliance "could result in administrative or non-judicial punishment - to include relief of duties or discharge."

The Senate bill follows an NDAA amendment by Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee that was ultimately adopted after Democrats expressed some hesitation.

"It is just baffling that service members don't sign up for that. You put your life on the line to protect the country, but you won't take a shot to protect the country? It's something that as long as I live I will never understand," said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, per Military Times.

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