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Marine Discharged for Refusing Vaccination

October 03, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A Marine has received a bad-conduct discharge for refusing an anthrax vaccination, officials said.

Lance Cpl. Kevin Lotz, 21, a machine-gunner from San Diego stationed at the Twentynine Palms base, pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to two weeks in military jail. After the sentencing, Lotz said he still thought the military's vaccination stance is wrong. He refused inoculation in December, he said, because research convinced him that it was not safe.

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