Bin Laden's shooter gets no pension or protection
The former Navy SEAL is having problems securing enough health care as well, according to a magazine report.
In fact, he seems more scared now than he was when he eliminated the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
According to a heart-wrenching story in Esquire, the shooter -- whose identity is withheld -- suffers from a variety of physical and psychological ailments from his career in the Navy. They include blown disks, arthritis, tendinitis, eye damage and scar tissue.
But perhaps more painful than the physical degradation is his feeling that the federal government abandoned him after his heroic act.
The man referred to in the magazine as "the Shooter" wanted out of the military after killing bin Laden. And so he left, with more than three years to go before meeting the official retirement requirement of 20 years of service, writes Phil Bronstein, former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Because the shooter didn't meet the 20-year requirement, he did not get a pension or extended health care.
Esquire reported that the government would have provided another 180 days of health care if the shooter agreed to remain on active duty or become a reservist. Instead he chose private insurance for $486 a month.
He would be an easy al-Qaida target if his name and photograph were made known, and he can't afford to let his guard down. The member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 has trained his children to hide in the bathroom at the first sign of trouble. He keeps a hidden gun that his wife knows how to use (though they are separated, they live together to save money). The family also keeps a set of bags packed in case they need to run for their lives.
This is no way for anyone to live, let alone someone who eliminated the biggest national security threat to the United States since Adolf Hitler. His uncle tried to help him capitalize on his notoriety by trying to get him work with Electronic Arts (EA), Bronstein wrote. The game maker, however, already has dozens of military consultants.
The government would not comment on Bronstein's story, but Stars and Stripes reported that the shooter is automatically eligible for five years of free health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Every veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan is offered the same service. In an interview with Stars and Stripes, Bronstein said the shooter didn't know the benefits were available.
If true, Bronstein's story is a damning one. "Is this how America treats its heroes?" he wrote. "The ones President Obama called 'the best of the best'? The ones Vice President Biden called 'the finest warriors in the history of the world'?"
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This guy is looking for sympathy and getting it from those who don't understand the military. You put in 20 years for your pension and medical benefits. If you leave early then you forfeit your retirement just like any one else.
We all tend to forget this is an all volunteer military and becoming a Seal is sure as hell all volunteer. He made his bed, he sleeps in it.
he was stupid to not hang around for 3 more years or simply join the reserves. OR at a minimum request a transfer to a desk job somewhere.
it's sad, but i also can't cry about stupid people making stupid decisions.
he had opportunties that he blew
Get a job Bucko,...Like everybody else who plans ahead...25-30 years one place and then you will have some of the benefits you seek...The Marriage/divorce has nothing to do with us..
It might be you..??
And I'm sure you are getting some care from VA...?
You are not a Hero, you were a Shooter like the rest of us....The Hero's names are on Walls and Plaques...Sorry.
4 more years, but you bailed from duty....And caused your own problems.
You probably could have found something Stateside for that length of time.
This guy is entitled no more or no less than the guy that killed any other combatant of war.
Maybe someone can reinstate him to active reserve status or give him retirement benefits based on his military caused health problems, but it was stupid to leave the military before having all this arranged.
When are people going to be held responsible for their own actions?
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