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SEAL who killed bin Laden upset with US.

Posted by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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 http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/seal-shot-osama-bin-laden-speaks-143245195.html

The U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden is speaking out for the first time since the May 1, 2011, raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

In an interview with Esquire, the former SEAL—identified as "The Shooter" due to what the magazine described as "safety" reasons—said he's been largely abandoned by the U.S. government since leaving the military last fall.

He told Esquire he decided to speak out to both correct the record of the bin Laden mission and to put a spotlight on how some of the U.S. military's highly trained and accomplished soldiers are treated by the government once they return to civilian life.

Despite killing the world's most-wanted terrorist, he said, he was not given a pension, health care or protection for himself or his family.

"[SEAL command] told me they could get me a job driving a beer truck in Milwaukee," he told Esquire.

Plus, he said, "my health care for me and my family stopped. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your 16 years. Go f--- yourself."

The problem seems to be that "The Shooter" left the military well before the 20-year requirement for retirement benefits.

(Esquire)

According to the magazine, the government provides 180 days of transitional health care benefits, but the Shooter was ineligible because he did not agree to remain on active duty in a support role or become a "reservist." Instead, the magazine noted, he will "have to wait at least eight months to have his disability claims adjudicated."

The SEAL also gave his account of the historic raid, including the moment he pulled the trigger and shot bin Laden.

“In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead," he told Esquire. "Bap! Bap! The second time as he’s going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed. He was dead. I watched him take his last breaths. And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I've ever done, or the worst thing I've ever done?

"I'm not religious," he added. "But I always felt I was put on the earth to do something specific. After that mission, I knew what it was."

He also recalled watching CNN's coverage of the first anniversary of bin Laden's death.

"They were saying, 'So now we're taking viewer e-mails. Do you remember where you were when you found out Osama bin Laden was dead?' And I was thinking: Of course I remember. I was in his bedroom looking down at his body."

In September 2012, fellow former SEAL Team 6 member Matt Bissonnette published a controversial book, "No Easy Day," under a pen name about the raid, drawing the ire of both his fellow SEALs and the Pentagon.

A spokeswoman for Esquire told Yahoo News that the magazine did not pay the SEAL for the interview.

 

Ok I am not military and don't know a whole heck of a lot about the goings on of retirement and whatnot....but seems like he thinks the rules shouldn't apply to him?

Thoughts? Opinions?

Oh, and who got the how-ever-many millions that the US was offering for a reward?

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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

If I were him I'd be more concerned about ending up dead.  20 of them have died.  He may need protection.

He should take advantage of being able to go school.

katy_kay08
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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I'm not really sure why he thinks he should be given a pension or any of the other benefits provided to those that retire from a career in the military.  He left service before reaching the "vesting" (for lack of a better word) period had been met to get those benefits.  

He was doing his job.  Why in the world does he think he is entitled to special benefits beyond what all the other soldiers serving our country have been given?  


LovelyMommy24
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Sounds like that to me as well.
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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 The same rules for leaving the military should apply to every service member who leaves, regardless of what missions they participated in.  If he wanted to continue to receive those benefits, he could have stayed in the military.

jendawgrox2004
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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Please tell me you are joking.


Quoting jendawgrox2004:

I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 



katy_kay08
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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What benefits do you believe are missing to military members and veterans?  


Quoting jendawgrox2004:

I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 


tooptimistic
by Kelly on Feb. 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM

My husband's company give vets preferential hiring.  I think someone may hire him because he served, kill Bin Ladin would be a bonus.


Quoting talia-mom:

Please tell me you are joking.


Quoting jendawgrox2004:

I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 





talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Yeah, the man who killed Bin Ladin would just put that on a resume when he never gives his name or shows his face?

I really thought people had more sense than I gave them credit for having.


Quoting tooptimistic:

My husband's company give vets preferential hiring.  I think someone may hire him because he served, kill Bin Ladin would be a bonus.


Quoting talia-mom:

Please tell me you are joking.


Quoting jendawgrox2004:

I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 







jendawgrox2004
by on Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Not joking. I was being serious. I think that there are a lot of people who would hire him based on that fact alone.


Quoting tooptimistic:

My husband's company give vets preferential hiring.  I think someone may hire him because he served, kill Bin Ladin would be a bonus.


Quoting talia-mom:

Please tell me you are joking.


Quoting jendawgrox2004:

I think he should easily be able to get a job with benefits if he puts on his resume' that he killed Bin Laden. There are a lot of patriots out there who own businesses and they would probably hire him on the spot. 

I don't think there are enough benefits for the military and I don't think he's saying he's above the rules. i think he's saying that the rules suck, which they do IMO. 







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