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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The writer should have verified this story before he posted it. All veterans have the option to get care at the VA unless they have a dishonorable. We also have access to marital counsleing if he needs that. He decided to pay for his and that is his decision.
He also should have had a medical board review befoe he left so he could file a compensation claim with the VA once he got out. Apparently he didnt pay attention to the options available.
The military branches and the VA are two separate entities and he needs to file a compensation claim with hardship if the story is true. Getting out without knowing all options is insane in this economy.
Even civilians know how to prepare for a future when they retire, quit, get laid off or fired. Wearing a uniform does not absolve us of that responsibility.
So this is how the brothers and sisters in the military take care of each other when the **** hits the fan. Rules are great when they operate in one's favor, huh? It's great to hear how no one is bothering to think about *why* he made to decision to leave early. Like he did it on a damned whim. No one's considering "Hmm, maybe something else was going on and the military was screwing him out of PTSD or other medical treatment" (naaah, they'd never do THAT), stonewalling him with mountains of red tape, or that he reached his own breaking point and just couldn't DO it anymore. Naaaah, if he went through a world of hell for that long, what's a few more years? Break him down so he's drooling, muttering, and homeless. He's a Seal (well, *was*), he can handle anything and everything. *Maybe* he was thinking (just as erroneously) he could still take care of himself by leaving early. But no, rules are rules, and no investigating or exceptions will be made.
I'm betting you're all "good, God-fearing Christians" too, doing exactly what Jesus would do in this situation. I don't believe in an Invisible Man In the Sky. If there WAS one, He'd still be handling this better.
Pathetic excuses for primates with no ability to critically think, taking the easy way out by parroting "Welp, them there are dah Rules, so suck it." JUST what the military wants. Drones not only fly, they walk and talk too.
Official sources have TOLD US that there is NOTHING connecting Osama to the 9/11 attacks, this is all pointless ****. Everybody in the American military should quit that would fix all your country's stupid problems!
To add insult to injury, the first VA claim decision has at least a 30% chance of being summarily denied, regardless of the merits. The DVA appeals process can take about five years, and there also is a significant error rate.
If the veteran has significant medical problems, in theory, the military is obligated to show them on a discharge physical. Unfortunately, the military is reluctant to "do the right thing" in cases like this. Without this "proof", the DVA's claims process becomes more difficult.
The military and the DVA have extremely deficient processes that in practice, just don't work.
Get your self elected to Congress once in for 1 term you will have benefits for the rest of your life.
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