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Lt. Col. Jay Lacklen, a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, first began speaking out about the anthrax vaccine in 2000. The recipient of 4 shots at the time, he had developed both severe arthritis and a painful autoimmune condition. Since that time, Lt. Col. Lacklen has repeatedly refused the vaccine, challend the Air Force to court martial him on the basis that troops were not being treated in the same manner across the ranks, and on the basis of the presence of an illegal adjuvant, squalene, in the vaccine. However, when the deadline came for his final refusal of a 5th shot, Lacklen made a choice based on two critical factors. First, he knew that the military would not allow him to present evidence in his own defense - the same way it had refused evidence from Major Sonnie Bates and Captain John Buck, M.D. Secondly, and equally as important, he realized that 5 years in prison - the sentence with which he was threatend by his chain of command - would mean that his daughters, still living at home, would be left without their major financial support, and without a father. So Lacklen made a decision that meant a sacrifice of some of his personal values concerning the vaccine and the troops under his command in order to live by a higher value - the love of his daughters. He has also made a continued sacrifice of his health: he took his 5th shot.
Jay Lacklen's courage and inegrity are unquestioned. He recognizes that he should never have been asked to make such a decision.
Aug. 11, 2003: Pilot takes anthrax vaccine
Aug. 8, 2003: AF officer repeatedly refuses anthrax shot, but does not get day in court
June 18, 2003: Pilot Wants To Challenge Vaccine Says Military Transferred Him To Avoid Issue
April 13, 2002: Dover, Delaware Air Force Base Pilot: 'We would not be ready' - Anthrax shots reduce ranks, officer says
April 10, 2000: The Vaccination Debate A PBS Interview:
60 Minutes' Rebuttal to General Kross's Exclusive Interview with Defense Daily
Jan. 30, 2000: Military Losing Some Good People Over Anthrax; protesters say required shot as risky as disease it's meant to fight
2000: Letter from Roxanne Bates detailing the findings of her husband, Major Sonnie Bates, at Dover AFB. "
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