Members of Congress want Marines kicked out over brought back vaccination warrants
(The Center Square)
The Marine Corps is being urged by four members of Congress, led by a practicing physician from North Carolina, to contact and return thousands of Marines expelled due to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
Wednesday’s letter to Gen. David Berger, commandant of the Marines, cited “unprecedented recruiting challenges your department and the entire Department of Defense.” The letter noted the repeal of the vaccination mandate — through bipartisan support — and acknowledged the ability of those who could potentially be available for “positions where their expertise in the military occupational specialty is critically needed.”
North Carolina Republican Rep. Greg Murphy, the only practicing physician in Congress, drafted the letter alongside Rep. Jen Kiggans, R-Va., Mike Bost, R-Ill., and Max Miller, R-Ohio. Bost is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
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In a statement, Murphy’s office says “the Marine Corps has terminated more than 3,700 Marines due to the vaccination mandate – by far the most of any military service.”
“It is a total disgrace that many of these selfless individuals have been stripped of their livelihoods simply because they made a conscious medical decision,” Murphy said in the statement, referring to his portrayal of more than 52 000 Marines aboard Camp Bases in North Carolina. Lejeune and New River Air Station near Jacksonville, and Cherry Point in Havelock.
“Our request is quite simple,” members of Congress wrote to Berger. “We ask your recruiters to explore the possibility of reaching out to the thousands of Marines who have been expelled to determine who could fill positions where their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) expertise is critically needed. We ask special consideration for Marines who received re-enlistment bonuses due to a need for their MOS expertise.
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“As you know, the Marine Corps is now in the process of trying to recoup these bonuses, so these discharged Marines face double jeopardy. General Berger, we greatly respect your past extraordinary service to our corps and implore you to carefully consider this recommendation.
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The letter comes after an article published in Cell Host & Microbe earlier this year by Drs. Anthony Fauci, David Morens and Jeffery Taubenberger. Fauci, in 2022, left his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he had a great influence on the American management of COVID-19 under former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden .
The article says that long-term vaccine development for respiratory diseases like COVID-19 has yet to be overcome, and that’s something researchers have known for years. Joe Zinberg, senior researcher at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Center Square last month that Fauci had acknowledged that vaccines “would offer limited protection against infection and only for a short time.” Zinberg said Fauci has been persistent on the need for vaccines “and until recently pushed for vaccine mandates.”
Syndicated with permission from The central square.