Court Filing Shows Harm to Military Members Over Mandate

Apr 15, 2022

TAMPA, FL — Today, Liberty Counsel filed a declaration in Navy SEAL 1 v. Austin revealing shocking evidence of the abuse, intimidation and retaliation military members are facing over the Biden shot mandate. Sadly, as a result of the pressure, some service members have committed suicide.

BRIGADIER GENERAL (SELECT), U.S. Air Force, Director of Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Communications, is a longtime service member whose religious accommodation request was denied. The Brigadier General then sought to “voluntarily” retire at the lower rank of Colonel rather than violate deeply held religious beliefs against COVID shots. The Air Force informed this high-ranking service member her “religious beliefs are not compatible with service to the Country.”

Some service members have ended their lives as a result of the abuse and pressure to get the shots.

A platoon mate of Plaintiff LANCE CORPORAL 2, U.S. Marine Corps, committed suicide just before Christmas. A military counselor who spoke to each member informed the platoon that the suicide was a result of the pressure and the punishment this Marine faced for his religious objection to the shots.

A Coast Guard First Class Petty Officer committed suicide in February. His wife also held the same rank, and both had submitted their religious accommodation requests (RAR), which were denied. The situation is described in the Declaration by Plaintiff NAVY CHAPLAIN 3 (Exhibit 2) who affirmed their religious beliefs as part of their RAR. NAVY CHAPLAIN 3 participated in the memorial service and has provided counsel to the grieving widow.

As of April 8, 2022, Liberty Counsel had received more than 1,000 legal assistance requests from service members from all military branches. Of those members, 334 have received final denials of their RA appeals.

Multiple unvaccinated service members with pending RARs requested “voluntary” separation but they have been denied, even after their respective commands instructed them to apply for such separation.

Liberty Counsel is seeking class certification to provide court-ordered protection for members of all the military branches who filed religious accommodation requests.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “These military members are suffering mental anguish and great harm for standing up for their sincerely held religious convictions. Others who have taken the shots are being physically injured. We continue the fight to uphold the religious freedom of the entire class of service members against unlawful shot mandates. Joe Biden’s shot mandate is inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on America’s finest members of the military. This abuse must end.”

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