Several top military leaders appeared this week before the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. During that hearing, they were asked about their plans to reinstate or compensate service members who were discharged for exercising their rights to refuse the "vaccine" mandate that violated their religious beliefs.
According to Liberty Counsel – which is representing members of several military branches in legal battles concerning the mandate – the military leaders who testified avoided direct questions and clearly revealed they do not have a plan.
"The military high-ranking officials that gave testimony … continued to present misinformation [and] disinformation," says Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. "They dodged questions and … very clearly indicated that they don't have a concern about the service members."
According to Staver, the Department of Defense is doing nothing to rectify the wrongs that have been done. "Our military members deserve much better than this insulting treatment as evidenced in [the] hearing," he adds. "The total lack of candor and the misrepresentation of material facts is disturbing."
The attorney also finds unacceptable the tone of the leaders' responses when they were asked if they planned any proactive outreach to get those service members back into the military.
"They said: Well, we've got the same policies we've always had; we're not going to do anything different. If people want to apply for reinstatement, they can – with no hope that they will ever be reinstated," he describes.
Liberty Counsel cites the DOD's "arrogant, lawless, and abusive actions" as a reason that retention and recruitment of service members have dropped significantly over the past few years. "There needs to be a complete transformation of the system beginning with the Secretary of Defense and the top Pentagon brass," states the legal group.