At least one member of the Michigan National Guard has reportedly been hospitalized with food poisoning after being fed “substandard” food served to the men guarding the United States Capitol earlier this year, with other complaining that their meals were contaminated with metal shavings.
A substantial number of National Guard members were deployed to Washington, D.C., following the riots that broke out at the Capitol amid President Joe Biden’s election certification in early January—an event that resulted in the death of at least five people and dozens more injured. Reports reveal that there were at least 20,000 National Guard members sent to the Capitol.
Jack Posobiec, of One America News, tweeted: “BREAKING: Whistleblower reveals National Guard troops in DC sent to hospital for undercooked food, meals with metal shavings.”
While the country is more than willing to spend millions of dollars to keep the Capitol protected with Guard members housed within a distance that makes for an easy response, there are complaints from Guard members that those serving in the Capitol are being mistreated. The major complaint came from the Michigan National Guard, which issued a complaint to Congress earlier this week, claiming that there were major issues with the food being distributed to its members.
“In their final days protecting the U.S. Capitol from a potential reprise of domestic terrorism, members of the Michigan National Guard reported metal shavings, feathers, and undercooked meat found in substandard meals, a potential readiness risk that has hospitalized troops,” according to WUSA9. “Michigan members of the House of Representatives wrote a letter Tuesday to Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard, expressing their displeasure with the findings.”
“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 letter said. “We request that either the current contract be voided and a new food provider be brought in or that the service members be provided with a per diem throughout their remaining time in Washington, D.C.”
An investigation turned out to be worthwhile, as there were a total of 59 victims of poor food quality, according to information given to Congress. Others were either withheld whole meals or served substandard food that would not be acceptable for any government-sponsored program to provide.
“It is simply unacceptable that these men and women are being fed chicken with the feathers still attached, and raw ground beef,” Peters wrote to Hokanson. “After several attempts to rectify the situation and little progress, I believe that the only appropriate course of action is for the immediate cancellation of the existing food contract, the disbursement of per diem for the remaining duration of the mission and to provide retroactive per diem.”
There has been a debate as to who is to blame for the poor food quality. Though the problem seems to stem from the contractor, Michigan legislators are complaining that the responsibility lies with Congress, given that approximately 20 percent of the troops deployed to protect the Capitol came from that state.
Politico revealed that this was not the first time something like has happened to National Guard troops in this country. The outlet reported that “thousands” of Guard members were given no option but to sleep on the floor of the Capitol building and, in one instance, in a parking garage with no heat and a single bathroom.
It is unclear what other mistreatment has happened to National Guard members, who are expected to keep watch over the Capitol for the potential for another riot. It is unclear if there has been a change to the source and way the food has been distributed to the Guard members.