Voices from the Tennessee National Guard: My Religious Beliefs Prevent Me from Getting the COVID Vaccine

I regret that I couldn’t be here today, but I wanted to share my story with you.

I am a National Guard Soldier. I have served for more than 2 decades, all as a Guardsman. I have served more than half of that time as an enlisted Soldier, and the remaining decade as a Commissioned Officer. I have spent nearly 3 years of my life in the Middle East; 2 of those 3 deployments were combat and the third I had the honor to deploy in command of my own unit. I have both led and followed brave men and women into harms way, men and women who would lay down their lives for me, and I for them.

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