National Guard member in capitol left hospitalized with food poisoning

A National Guard member has been left hospitalized with food poisoning after eating substandard food. Other troops complained about being served food that included feathers and metal shavings. Some meals were served raw and some moldy as well.

Following the January 6th riots, 20,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington D.C. to protect the Capitol. Some units have been allowed to return to their home states while the rest have remained. National Guard members who have returned are speaking out about how troops are being mistreated back in D.C. Michigan National Guard sent a complaint to Congress earlier this week about the food quality. Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga spoke out about the meals served to the National Guard. Huizenga wrote a bipartisan letter calling for the National Guard to void the contract that has led to the delivery of inadequate food.

The letter read, “We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals 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. 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.” During a press release on Tuesday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that she has no intention of extending the deployment of Michigan troops.

“The call was from the Capitol Police and we answered it. We granted that request, but I made very clear at the time that my expectation was that our guardswomen and men would have appropriate, proper hotel accommodations and a per diem to ensure adequate meals, and ensure that they were respected, and their service was treated with respect. So, when reports of undercooked, and frankly, inadequate meals came to me, I immediately got on the phone with Acting Secretary Whitley of the Army to raise these concerns,” Whitmer said. The food scandal is just the latest criticism of the treatment of the National Guard in D.C. Last month photos came out after Inauguration Day of troops sleeping on the floor of a parking garage that left many outraged.




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