On Monday, Lieutenant Ted Macie, a currently serving officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps and a whistleblower, disclosed Department of Defense data that suggests a notable increase in heart-related problems among military pilots after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lieutenant Macie, who also serves as a Navy Health Administrator and Medical Recruiter, presented these discoveries in a recent video, elaborating on concerns initially brought up by his wife, Mara Macie, a candidate for Florida’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House.
Mara Macie’s post on social media condemned the handling of thousands of service members during the vaccine rollout, highlighting a profound lack of trust in military leadership and advocating for accountability and justice.
“So you may have seen my wife’s recent post, and I want to elaborate on that and give you an example as to why reinstatement, back pay, and apologies isn’t enough,” said Macie in a video posted on X(formerly Twitter).
In a strong response to Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt’s proposal to rehire previously discharged service members with “full back pay, rank, and an apology,” Mara Macie emphasized the significant lack of trust in military leadership among those impacted by “illegal mandates.”
Thousands of servicemembers were treated with “disrespect” and fired because of “tyranny,” yet citing recruitment challenges as a reason this should be a priority diminishes the sentiment.
There is a complete lack of trust in the military “leadership” among those who were not only involuntarily separated, but also those who walked away (including just shy of retirement), those who fought from within but were flagged for promotion, those who didn’t want to take the shot but were coerced, and us family members who have been told that our community’s mental and physical health is important to that alleged leadership.
Accountability is the only answer. Every single voice of servicemembers who suffered because of these ILLEGAL mandates should be heard before Congress. Every single military “leader” who was informed by servicemembers presenting them with the law and still did nothing should be investigated until we remove all those who put their careers above the mental and physical safety of our servicemembers and their families.
When I am elected to Congress, I will lead the charge for accountability, and the investigation into those who violated their oath of office, therefore forfeiting their honorable status, in exchange for personal advancement. Justice must prevail.”
As per the information shared by Lieutenant Macie, there has been a significant increase in various heart-related conditions among fixed-wing and helicopter pilots.
The statistics reveal spikes in conditions such as hypertensive disease (36%), ischemic heart disease (69%), pulmonary heart disease (62%), heart failure (973%), other forms of heart disease (63%), and cardiomyopathy (152%) compared to the five-year average prior to 2022.
Gilbert Cisneros Jr., the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, verified the increase, citing 275 cases of myocarditis in 2021, a notable increase compared to the yearly average noted from 2016 to 2020.
Based on the latest information from the U.S. Army as of October 13, 2022, 97% of active-duty soldiers have completed their COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination rates for the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve are slightly lower, with 90% and 91% of soldiers fully vaccinated, respectively.