Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), the lead Republican on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is calling for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to apologize to former troops after the Army’s recent letter to former service members who were forced out of the military for refusing to get ineffective and potentially harmful Covid vaccines.
The Army letter informed the discharged service members that they will be allowed to request a correction of their records to reflect a better discharge status, and to potentially apply to return to service. Since the Covid discharges, the military has failed to meet its recruiting targets for the first time since the draft was ended.
Johnson responded to the Army letter by stating, “Allowing service members to request to correct their records or potentially apply to return to service falls well short of providing those brave men and women any kind of compensation resulting from their involuntary separation and a profound apology for upending their lives. If DOD [Dept. of Defense] wants to restore its credibility and trust among current and prospective service members, it needs to show that it is willing to be transparent and forthcoming regarding the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines.”
His office continues to receive reports from DOD whistleblowers indicating that adverse medical events are alarmingly persistent in DMED.
For over two years, Johnson says the Pentagon has stonewalled his oversight work that aims to provide service members and their families much-needed information about the health consequences of the vaccines.
Last month, DOD admitted to Johnson that it had “identified an increased incidence of very rare conditions – myo/pericarditis – during Covid-19 vaccine introduction in 2021.”
However, DOD attempted to downplay the significance of the finding by stating: “It is difficult to report precise numbers of adverse events following immunization since establishing a causal relationship between vaccination and a clinical diagnosis can be challenging. Nonetheless, the military has identified 80-90 cases of myo/pericarditis in Service members following administration of more than 4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses in this population.”
“Over the last two years I have sent over 60 public letters to federal agencies, including DOD, on various aspects of the pandemic. The overall lack of transparency from you and your colleagues on Covid-19 vaccine safety and efficacy is appalling,” Johnson stated.
The senator says he is still waiting to receive complete answers to questions his staff sent DOD following the publication of a news article that reported on new information from a DOD whistleblower on more increases in medical diagnoses in DMED.
Johnson also reiterated his requests for Tricare data that he made to DOD nearly one year ago.
DOD has failed to provide any response to that letter.
“Inquiries and requests for information concerning the health and well-being of service members should never be ignored, particularly when those questions are from members of Congress and their staff,” the senator concluded.
Johnson has requested a response to his inquiries by no later than today (December 15).
Read full text of the letter here.