BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Barksdale Air Force Base Airman says she is suing the U.S. Department of Defense, DOD secretary and other military leaders over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate because she believes God doesn’t want her to get shot.
“If I’m nervous about something and I’m praying about it and it’s something that I have to do, then God will give me a soothing peace,” said Faith Crocker, senior reserve airman. ‘US Air Force, to KTAL/KMSS. “That’s what normally happens, but it didn’t happen and because of that I think he doesn’t want me to get that, I think he wants me to stand up.”
Crocker and his attorneys Pelican Institute Justice Centerwho represents her for free, filed a lawsuit on Monday after appealing her request for a religious exemption when it was denied.
Sr. Airman Crocker believes she should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to her religious beliefs.
Apart from her religious beliefs, she also does not want to be vaccinated because there is little research. However, she was vaccinated against the flu due to pressure from her school and her parents.
Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered all service members in August 2020 to be vaccinated by November 2, 2020, or discharged. The Air Force Reserve and National Gaurd had a deadline of December 2, 2020.
“There must be another option. There is no way they can deport someone for not being vaccinated,” Sr. Airman Crocker said.
She is unsure of the outcome of this case, but says she has the support of her family and fellow Airmen across the country.