Former military personnel are taking legal action against the U.S. government, seeking compensation for lost wages and benefits. This action stems from the vaccine mandate imposed by the Biden administration.
Dale Saran, a lawyer and retired Marine, together with attorneys Andy Meyer and Brandon Johnson, are leading this effort. They are handling three distinct lawsuits, aiming to consolidate them into a class action suit. This suit will represent all service members who were either discharged or unlawfully instructed to cease their military duties, leading to financial losses.
According to Saran, the total amount of these claims reaches into the billions of dollars.
“It’s worth billions. That’s just flat-out. That’s what it is in backpay. It’s billions of dollars,” he said.
The legal actions have been initiated in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, a specialized judicial body that Dale Saran notes is designated for cases involving unlawful discharges.
“The Court of Claims has been around since the Reconstruction Era. It’s a very old court and kind of a weird one. But in any event, you can go there if you’ve got a claim and say, ‘Hey, I was illegally discharged, or the military did something to impede my pay,’ or whatever. The Court of Claims is where you go,” Saran said.
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Saran estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 service members, encompassing both active-duty personnel and reservists, were affected by the mandate. According to him, over 8,000 active-duty members were discharged, and a significant number of reservists were either instructed to stop drilling or were placed on inactive status.
“They were basically [without] the benefit of any due process. No boards were held. They didn’t hold any administrative separation boards; they didn’t hold any hearings. They didn’t do any federal recognition boards; none of the administrative or judicial procedures were used. They just flat-out did it. And then…they got the Coast Guard to follow along, and they got a bunch of Coasties too,” Saran said.
Zach Loesch, a former member of the Coast Guard, is among those suing for damages. Notably, President Joe Biden had personally thanked Loesch for his life-saving efforts during Hurricane Ian, as previously covered by Breitbart News. This acknowledgment came just two weeks before Loesch was due to be discharged from the Coast Guard for non-compliance with the vaccine mandate.
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