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Biden Thanks Coast Guardsman For Ian Heroics, Then Fires Him For No Vax

The Coast Guardsman whom President Joe Biden thanks for his efforts to rescue people during Hurricane Ian says he is facing military discharge due to the administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

  • The White House said Friday that Biden personally called Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch, a rescue swimmer, to thank him for his “heroic work” saving lives during the deadly hurricane.
  • Loesch reportedly said  Saturday that he will be discharged from the Coast Guard within the next two months after his religious accommodation request and appeal to the COVID vaccine mandate was denied.
  • He said he did not want to ruin his call with Biden by mentioning his pending discharge.
  • “It just sucks that he thanked me, yet the vaccine mandate is what’s kicking me out,” Loesch reportedly said. “I just love my job and I’m really good at it. It sucks. I feel like this is the job that I was born to do.”
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