Washington’s Joe Kent Will Fight to Offer Veterans Separated Under Vax Mandate Path Back to Military

Washington congressional candidate and Green Beret Army veteran Joe Kent is proposing legislation to enable veterans separated from the military for declining the coronavirus vaccine a path back into the military.

Kent also supports proposals to block President Biden from restricting unvaccinated veterans from accessing VA benefits. Kent’s plan to offer veterans separated for declining the vaccine a path back to the armed services is likely the first of the kind. It’s possible the proposal could pass a Republican Congress in 2023, forcing Democrats to cast a vote to keep decorated veterans out of the armed services over a vaccine.

A vaccine mandate with few exceptions has proved demonstrably harmful to recruiting and retention in the armed services, with 35 Navy SEALs filing a lawsuit against the Department of Defense after being denied religious exemptions to mandatory vaccination. Special forces personnel have proved more likely to fight against mandatory vaccination, with the prospect of the military’s elite warriors leaving the services potentially proving devastating to combat readiness.

Only a handful of service members have died of coronavirus, with suicide posing a far greater mortal threat to the military than the disease. Military services have begun processing some separations for declining the vaccine, although in most case service members continue to receive regular requests and directives to receive the medicine.

Kent is challenging Jaime Herrara Beutler in the Republican primary for Washington’s third congressional district, the latter having voted to impeach President Donald Trump against the wishes of her constituents. Polls indicate the veteran, who is a Gold Star husband of a Navy sailor killed in operations against the Islamic State terrorist organization, is leading the ten-year incumbent. Mr. Kent is one of only a handful of conservatives openly endorsed by Fox host Tucker Carlson.

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