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Seal Who Shot Bin Laden without Healthcare, Pension (Video)

By Staff
Feb 11, 2013

The US Seal who shot Osama bin Laden is now without healthcare or a pension, according to an Esquire story.

Bin Laden Shot by US SEAL.

In an interview with Esquire, the former SEAL is only identified as "The Shooter" for safety reasons and he claims "he's been largely abandoned by the U.S. government since leaving the military last fall," reports USA Today.

"[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 report reveals what the Shooter lacks:

"Pension (he left service 36 months short of the necessary 20 years), health care (though he battles arthritis, eye damage, tendonitis, and blown disks), protection for his family (from a retaliatory attack), disability benefits (he's waiting), a healthy marriage (he and his wife have split, under the pressure of a job that took him away as many as 300 days a year), and communication from the Department of Veterans Affairs (computer-generated form letters aside)."

Watch below for more discussion on how his benefits are handled by the US Government.

"The shooter" also gives a dramatic recount of the killing of Osama 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."

Esquire did not pay the SEAL for the interview.


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