In an effort to show support for the medical freedoms of U.S. soldier who oppose the military’s new mandate regarding COVID shots, Mat-Su residents will hold two rallies, Aug. 27-28.

“The concerned community members of the Valley are showing their gratitude and support by gathering with civilians, parents and families of our military,” said Kelly Anderson-Riggs, who is helping to organize the rallies. “We are protesting for our brothers and sisters that deserve medical freedom if they so choose. They have fought for us. We need to fight for them and their right to have bodily autonomy.”

The U.S. Dept. of Defense has made COVID shots mandatory for all Armed Forces and members of those in the Ready Reserve, including National Guard members. A large segment of the military, however, remains unvaccinated.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued a memo on Aug. 24 ordering military branches to “immediately begin full vaccination” and to “impose ambitious timelines for implementation.”

With large portions of the military opposed to COVID vaccines due to documented health and safety concerns, many military families face a difficult decision – either take the shot against their will or face the prospect of being discharged from the Armed Forces.

The upcoming rallies take place on Aug. 27, 3 p.m., at the park-and-ride lot near Mat-Su Regional Hospital (by the round-a-bout at the Trunk Rd/Glenn Hwy. overpass), and Aug. 28 near Hemmer Road and the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy (Next to the Alaska Club in Palmer).

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Mat-Su to hold ‘Medical Freedom’ rallies for troops facing vax mandate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Missi says:

    Religious & medical exemption for those who cannot take the vaccine need to be posted & shared so everyone knows their rights.

  • Ceak says:

    I hope there’s a good turnout! Heavy rain today, but our voices need to be heard. God bless those standing up for our medical freedom. I can’t imagine being in the US military right now under the current leadership. I pray that common sense will return and our soldiers will be treated better.

  • G Aleution says:

    The experimental treatment should be prescribed by an MD. Not all orders are Constitutional. Those who follow unlawful orders are liable.

  • CJ Durham says:

    Wish I could attend but I live in Fairbanks

  • Elaine Richey says:

    I will be there!!! Come on people, join us in LARGE numbers. This is about our freedom – for our
    wonderful soldiers and for all US citizens. Let’s send a clear message to those who
    want to continue gaslighting us.

  • AKFatBoy says:

    How is this fighting for anyone…standing in the rain and waving a sign? I’m sure we appreciate the support, but how about repeatedly contacting your Senators and Congressman and pestering them to demand an immediate reversal of the DoD policy? Circulate a petition to be sent to DC?
    Rally. Please. While you’re cheering, servicemen are lining up for their mandatory shots.

    • Mike Moore says:

      Exactly. there you go.

    • Evan S Singh says:

      Or do the sensible thing and be grateful that such an easy, safe and effective vaccine is available to anyone for free right now. That’s makes America great.

  • Andy says:

    I must agree, our reps in DC must be contacted. Stop the clotshot!!!