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Wicker, Hyde-Smith question Pentagon about COVID vaccine military discharges

By: Anne Summerhays - May 2, 2022

Miss. Senators, colleagues seek details on Pentagon handling of servicemembers who decline vaccines

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) are among 14 Senators who signed a detailed letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seeking information on the number and nature of military discharges for not receiving a COVID vaccine.

According to reports, more than 1,700 servicemembers have been discharged for their COVID vaccination status and many are being denied retirement or other service benefits as a result.

“While we are deeply troubled that the Department of Defense (DOD) is discharging U.S. military personnel as a result of their COVID-19 vaccination status, we are outraged that these brave men and women are potentially being stripped of various benefits, including education benefits afforded to them under the G.I. Bill,” the Senators wrote.

“Whatever disagreements public officials of varying ideologies and political parties may have, we can and should agree on the importance of ensuring the promises made to members of our Armed Forces are fulfilled,” the letter continued. 

The Senators asked Defense Secretary Austin to provide the requested information by May 12, 2022.

You can read the full letter below.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin by yallpolitics on Scribd

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.