Fifty Michigan National Guard troops have complained of “gastrointestinal” issues after being served undercooked meals and food contaminated with metal shavings, Fox News reports.
The tainted food complaints began in mid-February, were initially resolved, and resurfaced this past weekend.
In a letter to the National Guard, the entire Michigan delegation in the House reported that “contracted meals” were being used “to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol.”
“However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers,” the letter states, urging them to switch contractors.
It goes on to describe as “completely unacceptable” the fact that “men and women serving in Washington D.C. are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided.”
A spokesman for the National Guard indicated that 50 members had been treated for “gastrointestinal complaints,” but none were hospitalized.
The Detroit News reveals that “service members, who often stand outdoors for shifts of up to 12 hours, are increasingly spending their own money to eat because they don’t trust the food from the contractor.”
DEVELOPING: An unknown number of National Guard Troops working the US Capitol have been hospitalized after eating contaminated food. Metal shavings, feathers & undercooked meat was found in meals contracted through the Pentagon – WXYZ pic.twitter.com/Ym4vi0o8eN
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 3, 2021
Contaminated Food Is Just One More Way National Guard Troops Have Been Mistreated
National Guard troops receiving contaminated food comes just two months after they were hauled into the Capitol during President Biden’s inauguration, only to later be banished to a parking garage.
One Guardsman at the time accused lawmakers of using them as a prop, though the order came from the Capitol Police themselves.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service,” he said.
“Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage,” the Guardsman added. “We feel incredibly betrayed.”
Here’s a video from the parking garage where 5,000 members of the National Guard who were guarding the Capitol are being forced to stay. pic.twitter.com/bREUxt1tRi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 22, 2021
Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the joint task force that commands the Capitol security mission, told the Detroit News that the contaminated food problem is not “systemic.”
“So far we haven’t found substantial issues that we’ve recorded,” he told a reporter. “The contractors know that we are watching, and they have been cooperative and responsive to our concerns.”
One soldier last month wrote to a lawmaker, however, indicating “multiple soldiers have been getting sick and vomiting after eating, and most of the food is being thrown away,”
“Morale is very bad,” the message reads. “Many have served overseas and cannot believe the quality of food they are being fed here.”
First the Democrats put them in the cold garage to sleep
Now they have metal shavings and undercooked food?
Our heroes in the National Guard deserve better! https://t.co/ZlclBlDwZv
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) March 2, 2021
Leaving in Mid-March
A spokesperson for the Pentagon believes the National Guard troops will be ending their mission in the nation’s capital sometime in mid-March.
“There’s no incidents to report,” the spokesperson told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto. “Things are safe and secure right now.”
7,000 troops have remained at the Capitol during the Senate impeachment hearings, due to concerns about “civil unrest,” down from the 25,000 sent there during Biden’s inauguration.
New this morning: House GOP received a security briefing from Maj. Gen. Walker, the Commanding General of the DC National Guard.
They discussed Jan. 6 & security measures in the Capitol going forward. Members told there’s been no request to have troops in Capitol past mid-March
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) February 24, 2021
Democrats have been actively smearing the military and veterans ever since the riot at the Capitol on January 6th.
President Biden last month suggested that former military and former police officers are helping to fuel the growth of white supremacy and white supremacist groups in America.
“You see what’s happening — and the studies that are beginning to be done … about the impact of former military, former police officers, on the growth of white supremacy in some of these groups,” Biden said during a town hall.
Leading up to Biden’s inaugural address, National Guard troops were vetted for ‘extremist’ views despite there being “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to the event.
And last month, Democrat lawmakers reportedly sought to add language into this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would keep alleged white supremacists from joining the military.