G. McConway
December 9, 2022

Coast Guardsmen on Cusp of 20-year Retirement Being Forced Out Over Vaccine

Can you imagine being forced out of the service only one year short of reaching your retirement benefits?

That is the problem we are now seeing pop up time and again.

The latest being Coast Guardsmen who have 19 years of service that filed for a religious exemption to not have to take the COVID vaccine.


I have a friend who was forced out of the service after 18 years due to health problems created because he was part of a group of sailors given an experimental vaccine by the Navy.

No benefits, just a pat on the back, thank you for your service, and sorry we screwed up your life, but no retirement package.

The same thing is happening to these Coast Guardsmen (and other branches) who filed for a religious exemption and were turned down.

Chris Harkins had just went over the 19-year mark with the Coast Guard and had no intention of leaving the service when he was forcibly separated on December 1.

His retirement orders were dated for January 1, 2024, so he was just a year short of the magic number.

With his saved leave, he could have left in June, so he was really only seven months short.

Harkins received an email on October 20 that read, "Based on your decision to not receive the mandatory covid vaccine as ordered, you have been processed for separation (discharge).

"Your retirement orders are being cancelled as 10 US code 1176 (a does not apply to members of the CG. There is no safe harbor for a CG member with 18 or more years TIS [time in service]."

This is a man with a spotless record, yet he is being booted out simply for not wanting to take the vaccine, and it is utterly ridiculous.

I wish I could say that  he is alone, but there are tens of thousands of service members across the branches that are all facing the same dilemma.

This is all happening while every branch of the service is struggling in both recruitment and retainment.

It has literally created a national security risk.

It is utterly disgusting that these service members are being treated this way. It is even worse that nobody seems to care.

Source: Fox News

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