COVID-19 impacts soldiers returning home from overseas
SALISBURY, Md. – Soldiers who’ve returned home from overseas are getting a different kind of welcome home due to the coronavirus. Officials say instead of meeting loved ones at the airport and having a hero’s welcome, soldiers who’ve returned to the United States in the previous weeks have had to go straight into quarantine. And now as the pandemic continues to grow, officials say soldiers who’ve had a return home date cannot go home until told otherwise. The Pentagon recently announced that they’ll be halting all overseas travel for U.S. troops for 60 days. But officials say the sacrifice these soldiers are making, has a bigger purpose in order to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy.
“Yes it’s tough but in the grand scheme of things it is for the greater good because you don’t want somebody who is asymptomatic all of a sudden coming into an environment and potentially infecting people,” said Operation We Care Founder, Jeff Meritt.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the order applies to all service members, Defense Department civilian personnel, and their families. These moves are just some of the ways the Pentagon has steadily increased restrictions on its personnel and implemented measures aimed at mitigating the spread of the deadly virus over the last several weeks.