In a significant legal development, former service members have initiated legal action against the U.S. government, seeking billions of dollars in damages due to the military vaccine mandate imposed by the Biden administration. Attorney Dale Saran, a retired Marine, along with fellow attorneys Andy Meyer and Brandon Johnson, is representing the former troops in three separate lawsuits filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The legal team plans to consolidate these cases into a class-action lawsuit on behalf of a substantial number of service members affected by the mandate, alleging various infringements, including lost pay and benefits.
Saran, who successfully litigated against the Anthrax vaccine in the past, estimates the damages to be in the billions, stating, “It’s worth billions. That’s just flat-out. That’s what it is in backpay. It’s billions of dollars.” The lawsuits specifically address cases where service members were either discharged or given illegal orders to cease drilling activities, resulting in financial setbacks.
The legal proceedings shed light on the estimated 80,000 to 100,000 service members, encompassing both active-duty and reservists, who were impacted by the military vaccine mandate. Saran highlights the lack of due process in many instances, with no administrative separation boards, hearings, or federal recognition boards being conducted. This approach raises concerns about the abrupt dismissal of service members without proper procedural safeguards.
Among the affected individuals is Zach Loesch, a former Coast Guard member, who was personally thanked by President Joe Biden for his heroic efforts during Hurricane Ian. Ironically, Loesch was on the verge of being discharged from the Coast Guard for not complying with the vaccine mandate.
The legal actions focus not only on lost backpay but also on the repayment of enlistment bonuses. Saran explains that individuals who enlisted for a specific period and received bonuses are now being penalized for refusing the experimental vaccine. The cases underscore the complexities arising from the abrupt dismissal of service members without fulfilling their obligations and the subsequent demand for the return of enlistment grants.
Furthermore, Saran contends that the Pentagon already possesses the funds required to award backpay for those who lost active-duty or drill time. He alleges that the Department of Defense (DOD) has unlawfully withheld this money, characterizing it as stolen funds.
Reflecting on his past experience with the Anthrax vaccine, Saran expresses a sense of déjà vu. Having defended individuals who refused the Anthrax vaccine in the late ’90s and early 2000s, he draws parallels to the present situation, emphasizing that mass vaccination of unlicensed vaccines seems to indicate a lack of learning from past mistakes.
The lawsuits, identified as Bassen v. USA, No. 23-211C, Botello v. USA, No. 23-174C, and Harkins v. USA, No. 23-1238C, are currently pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where Saran believes these claims of illegal discharges will be thoroughly examined. The legal proceedings highlight the ongoing challenges and controversies surrounding the military vaccine mandate, underscoring the financial and procedural implications for affected service members.
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