Story at a glance
- There are reports National Guardsmen tasked with protecting the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection have been provided meals that are undercooked, raw, moldy and even filled with metal shavings.
- Michigan lawmakers asked the National Guard to end its contract with its current food provider and find a new one or give the guardsmen a per diem for the remainder of their time defending the Capitol.
- The National Guard said no troops have been hospitalized, but about 50 have been treated for gastrointestinal complaints.
Some members of the National Guard defending the U.S. Capitol have become sick with gastrointestinal issues after being provided meals that were undercooked or raw, according to WXYZ News.
“Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” an anonymous staff sergeant with the Michigan National Guard told WXYZ Monday.
“Just yesterday, the lunches were, soldiers had found metal shavings in their food,” the staff sergeant told the outlet.
Following the report, the entire Michigan delegation in the U.S. House wrote a letter to the National Guard Tuesday saying they’ve received several reports regarding the “poor quality of food” that is being provided to service members tasked with protecting the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“Michigan National Guard members stationed in our nation’s capital have repeatedly and personally brought these concerns directly to our offices and to the leadership of the National Guard,” the letter said.
“These reports include meals being provided that are badly undercooked, raw, moldy, and even filled with metal shavings,” the letter said.
“It is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers. It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided.”
The lawmakers asked the National Guard to end its contract with its current food provider and find a new one or give the guardsmen a per diem for the remainder of their time defending the Capitol.
The Michigan National Guard, which has nearly 1,000 troops at the Capitol, on Monday called the reports “very concerning” and “unacceptable,” and said it was dealing with the food contractor involved.
National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Robert N. Carver said Wednesday, however, that no National Guard members have been hospitalized due to illness from food, according to Fox News.
He said out of the 26,000 guardsmen deployed and the 5,200 who remain at the Capitol, about 50 have been treated for gastrointestinal complaints.
“Six of them were treated as outpatients at military treatment facilities; others were handled at aid station set up as part of the Task Force,” he told the outlet.
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