SEAL who killed bin Laden is out of the service

There is a long article at Esquire. Here is the meat.

“No one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job,” Barack Obama said last Veterans’ Day, “or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home.”
But the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation:

Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.

Since Abbottabad, he has trained his children to hide in their bathtub at the first sign of a problem as the safest, most fortified place in their house. His wife is familiar enough with the shotgun on their armoire to use it. She knows to sit on the bed, the weapon’s butt braced against the wall, and precisely what angle to shoot out through the bedroom door, if necessary. A knife is also on the dresser should she need a backup.

Then there is the “bolt” bag of clothes, food, and other provisions for the family meant to last them two weeks in hiding.

“Personally,” his wife told me recently, “I feel more threatened by a potential retaliatory terror attack on our community than I did eight years ago,” when her husband joined ST6.
When the White House identified SEAL Team 6 as those responsible, camera crews swarmed into their Virginia Beach neighborhood, taking shots of the SEALs’ homes.

I have nothing but respect for this man. He is an anonymous hero. That said, what did he expect? He didn’t retire from the Navy, he got out. He left before the minimum tour of 20 years. When you do that, you get nothing. I left the Army after 14 years of combined active and reserve component service. I get nothing. I knew that when I left.

Well, that isn’t exactly true. He has access to veterans benefits including VA healthcare.

It is hard for me to believe the Shooter was discharged against his will. He knew leaving the service before 20 would make him just another citizen soldier. Everyone in the military knows that. I don’t quite get the outrage. There is just no way the Shooter didn’t know that leaving the Navy at 16 years would result in no retirement benefits. Another four years would have changed everything.

Still, the article is an extreme rarity: A good read at Esquire. Check it out.

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8 Responses to SEAL who killed bin Laden is out of the service

  1. Jim22 says:

    There is more to this Esquire article than just a good read. This is a successful attempt to out the identity of the Bin Laden killer. This is a message to Islamic supporters of terror. It’s also a message to special forces operators.

    The message to the terrorists is simple: Here is the guy who killed Bin Laden. Come and get him – and his family. Take your revenge.

    The message to our troops is, “The United States government does not have your back after a successful operation”. That will destroy the willingness of our heroes.

  2. Uke says:

    Yeah, the real story here is not that his benefits will be minimal. That is a “no duh” moment to anyone familiar with the military, probably only meant to evoke sympathy from the portion of the left that doesn’t totally hate the military.

    The real story here is how well-known paper print is at least alluding to how the intel leaks from the administration are seriously enangering our most-at-risk soldiers/sailors. And endangering them for what? The noble purpose of exposing corruption? No. Only for cheap political points. Shameful.

  3. Downtown says:

    Somethings not right. If the ex-seal has all the medical problems that are stated in the above post then he should have put in for a medical discharge. A medical discharge would have provided him with a monthly check for the service connected disabilities, plus medical coverage for his family also. You just don’t pull the pin and walk away from 16 yrs service knowing you will get nothing. There’s got to be more to this story.

  4. slinger says:

    Perhaps he isn’t willing to follow orders to fire upon U.S. citizens?

  5. Ray Davies says:

    There are a lot of things that we’re not being told. If he had been in for 16 years he would have known all about the things he and his family would get (or not) when he got out. With all his medical problems he would have a straight shot to VAH and a disability pension VA and SS. Even if he had mental problems from the shooting he would still have had the care on duty and after all that time on the Teams he could have had a cherry assignment for the last four years. Tha army gave me such an assignment after Viet Nam. I don’t know guys, something here just doesn’t ring right. The guy has all my respect, but there is something wrong here.
    What do the rest of you think???

  6. Jim22 says:

    Yeah. Something about this story doesn’t pass the smell test. Maybe more than one something. It seems… staged.

  7. notamobster says:

    I didn’t see this until after mine posted. I read the whole thing. I didn’t get any of that (above) from my read.

    Here is what I said about it in my post (which I deleted after seeing this one):

    It’s an amazing article. It details the mission prep, and the actual raid. What’s unique about this telling, is the human light placed on these these men. It has some of the same hero-worship as all of these stories of our SEALS, but it portrays them in a much more human light and shows the challenges they face in transitioning to civilian life after 15 or 20 years as a Tier 1 Operator. It’s seven pages long, and worth every single minute!