Updated: Aug 16
In the year that I've had this platform, I've made a conscious effort to keep it free from politics, religion, and current events, I'm afraid that this week I have to change that, but only because this issue effects my family in a great way.
Here's my plea:
Contact your congressmen and ask them to support Representative Mark Green's resolution to honorably discharge any member of the US military that chooses not to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
This excerpt is taken directly from Dr. Green's official web site.
"August 13, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rep. Green Condemns Any Punishment for Active-Duty Troops who Refuse the COVID Vaccine WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Mark Green, a physician and decorated combat veteran, introduced a Resolution opposing punishment for servicemembers who choose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
Rep. Green said, “Having gone into battle myself, I strongly believe punishing those who refuse this vaccine—which has only been available for less than a year—is antithetical to the values of our military. As a physician, I’ve weighed the pros and cons and have taken the vaccine. But that is a decision for each American to make—with their doctor—not under coercion from the government.” “No servicemember should receive anything other than an honorable discharge for refusing to take the vaccine. I’m proud to lead my colleagues in filing this resolution,” Green continued.
Representatives Chip Roy (TX-21), Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Andy Harris (MD-01), Kat Cammack (FL-03), Greg Murphy (NC-03), Mike Garcia (CA-25), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Tim Burchett (TN-02), and Tom Tiffany (WI-07) are cosponsors of the Resolution. On Monday, Secretary Austin announced that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate will take effect for active-duty servicemembers even though the Food and Drug Administration has only approved the COVID-19 vaccine under an Emergency Use Authorization. Green’s Resolution calls on the House of Representatives to oppose any punishment or discharge that is not an honorable discharge for servicemembers who choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine."
Without the protection this resolution offers, servicemembers face an unknown future. As it stands, refusing a vaccination (once it is made mandatory) could constitute 'failure to obey an order', for which punishment ranges from lost pay, to incarceration.
The choice between an experimental injection, and possible jail isn't much of a choice at all. If you feel servicemembers should have a third option, please contact your representative.
If you would like to simply copy/paste a message to your representative, you can click the PDF below to download wording that covers all the bases.
I understand many of you reading this will disagree with my position, and I take full responsibility for my views. This plea isn't made lightly, or without thought.
I simply ask that those who agree with my position, contact your representatives.
If you would like more information on what to say, or how to address the issue, email me.
You can also share this post with your friends and family, and enlist their voices to the issue.
Thank you for hearing me out.