Six U.S. Senators, all Republicans, have written a formal letter to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) urging an investigation into the department’s policy of denying disability claims for injuries linked to COVID-19 vaccinations.
This action comes in response to a distressing report from Rogan O’Handley, a Turning Point USA Ambassador and political commentator, about a 24-year-old Navy veteran who developed myocarditis after a mandatory Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Despite applying for disability benefits, the VA rejected the claim, stating the condition was “not service-related.”
The incident sparked outrage, with O’Handley condemning both the unnecessary vaccine mandates and the VA’s refusal to acknowledge the injury’s service-related nature. The senators, including Steve Daines, Tom Cotton, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Mike Braun, have taken a collective stand to ensure that veterans are fairly compensated for vaccine-induced injuries.
The senators’ letter seeks clarification on the VA’s policy for veterans who suffer injuries from COVID-19 vaccines administered during their service. They emphasize that since the Department of Defense mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for service members, the VA must play a crucial role in providing benefits and healthcare for those facing health impacts resulting from the vaccine.
The senators are concerned about the lack of clear information regarding how the VA supports members injured due to COVID-19 vaccines. They request details on the VA’s process for considering vaccine-related injuries in disability claims, whether such injuries are considered service-related if the vaccine was received during service, and if the VA has investigated the health effects of such injuries.
Critics argue that denying disability claims for vaccine-induced injuries undermines the ethical responsibility of the VA to compensate those who suffered injuries due to mandatory vaccinations during their service.
This is viewed as a betrayal of the sacrifices made by servicemen and servicewomen for their country, especially when they were obligated to take the vaccines as part of their service duties.