Dozens of U.S. airmen file lawsuit against federal COVID vaccine mandate

(Omaha, NE) -- Dozens of United States airmen file a lawsuit against the White House's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Air Force service members.

In a Tuesday release from the Alliance for Free Citizens, the 36 airmen applied for religious exemptions but were denied. The release states that the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, is “the largest lawsuit filed to date against the recently proposed medical mandates on the U.S. Armed Forces." The suit was filed by General Counsel Kris Kobach and attorneys from the America First Policy Institute on behalf of the airmen, who are stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue and McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.

“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, the former Kansas Secretary of State.

Kobach say of the 36 filing suit, 17 are pilots. “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."

The vaccine mandate for service members was put in place in August.

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