U.S. Airmen file lawsuit fighting Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate
BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Three dozen active-duty airmen filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Air Force service members.
According to a Tuesday release from the Alliance for Free Citizens, the 36 airmen applied for religious exemptions but were rejected.
Filed in the U.S. District Court of Omaha, it is “the largest lawsuit filed to date against the recently proposed medical mandates on the U.S. Armed Forces,” the release states.
The airmen — stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, and McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. — are being represented by General Counsel Kris Kobach and attorneys from the America First Policy Institute, the release states.
“No member of the military should have to choose between following his or her religious convictions and continuing to serve the country they love. It’s a travesty when the very men and women who defend our Constitution from external threats are seeing their own constitutional liberties trampled,” said Kobach, who formerly headed a Trump commission to investigate his allegations of voter fraud in 2016.
Of the 36 filing suits, 17 are pilots, he said.
“American taxpayers have invested roughly $5.5 million to train each of them. Firing them would represent a massive waste of taxpayer dollars and manhours,” Kobach said in the release.
The vaccine mandate for military personnel was put in place in August, with a deadline of Sept. 15. In December, the Air Force announced it had discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is a developing story.
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