WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (Florida-02) introduced the “The TROOP Act” (H.R. 828), a bill that would provide back pay for all service members that were unjustly separated from the armed forces due to refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
“As the son of a veteran, the father of a veteran, and a veteran myself, I understand and appreciate the sacrifices service members and their families make in defending our freedoms. Over 8,400 servicemembers have been discharged for choosing not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Their lives were uprooted, and they now deserve justice since the Biden vaccine mandate has been lifted,” said Congressman Dunn. “Giving this pay and the option to be reinstated is long overdue. I’m proud and honored to do my part to fight for our service members and their families.”
"As a retired Rear Admiral and member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am proud to join my friend from Florida in introducing the TROOP Act. Protecting our servicemembers from the current administration's relentless attacks is a top priority for me. The recent discharge of 8,400 servicemembers, solely for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, is both dangerous and unjust. It not only impacts the servicemembers, but also their families and loved ones,” said Congressman Ronny Jackson (Texas-13). “At a time when recruitment numbers are at an all-time low, President Biden chose to endanger our national security, which is unacceptable. I fully endorse the reinstatement of all qualified servicemembers with full back pay and benefits."
The Troop Act would cover all branches, reservists, and the National Guard. Additionally, the bill would allow servicemembers to be reinstated in the military at the same rank and grade.