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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden… Is Screwed

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For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.

By Phil Bronstein

The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

It was a mild spring day, April 2012, and our small group, including a few of his friends and family, was shielded from the sun by the patchwork shadows of maple trees. But the Shooter was sweating as he talked about his uncertain future, his plans to leave the Navy and SEAL Team 6.

He stood up several times with an apologetic gripe about the heat, leaving a perspiration stain on the seat-back cushion. He paced. I didn’t know him well enough then to tell whether a glass of his favorite single malt, Lagavulin, was making him less or more edgy.

We would end up intimately familiar with each other’s lives. We’d have dinners, lots of Scotch. He’s played with my kids and my dogs and been a hilarious, engaging gentleman around my wife.

In my yard, the Shooter told his story about joining the Navy at nineteen, after a girl broke his heart. To escape, he almost by accident found himself in a Navy recruiter’s office. “He asked me what I was going to do with my life. I told him I wanted to be a sniper.

“He said, ‘Hey, we have snipers.’

“I said, ‘Seriously, dude. You do not have snipers in the Navy.’ But he brought me into his office and it was a pretty sweet deal. I signed up on a whim.”

“That’s the reason Al Qaeda has been decimated,” he joked, “because she broke my fucking heart.”


MORE http://www.esquire.com/features/man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-0313


  1. FabianNightmare

    February 12th, 2013

    I don’t get it, all service members know that it takes 20 to retire with benefits. If he was physically unable to continue he could have requested a medical discharge. Something is missing from this story. I would say, however, that those who serve in “special ops” probably should have shorter retirement periods due to the op tempo, say 15 years or so.

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  2. Anonymous

    February 12th, 2013

    “The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.”

    It’s enough to give a family of suicide bombers a warm smug feeling.

    Obamahu Akhbar !

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  3. Anonymous

    February 12th, 2013

    N Korea set off nukes today. What are Obama’s plans to hit the links?

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  4. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 12th, 2013

    Yes, I too am wondering why he got out at 16 years with nothing to fall back on. Maybe it says why somewhere in that LOOOONG article (we’re citing ESQUIRE, now?), and I didn’t get to it.

    Maybe this Brownstain guy could hire his as adviser for a Vince Flynn-like novel, assuming the shooter has no writing talent himself. You’d be surprised how many times Flynn has been visited by government spooks about the “revelations” in his novels of actual military secrets which were really only figments of his vivid imagination.

    HBD cousin Abe

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  5. chris

    February 12th, 2013

    Hey! you shot the bad guy, great job! But, you are no different than the rest of us except your guy was famous. I did my twenty, do yours if you want the perks. Plus, after what you did, you know there is a job for you if you want it in many of the alphabet soup agencies as a trainer/contractor or whatever else. That is unless people don’t like you for some reason and that I have no clue about.

    So yeah, I lot missing from this story.

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    February 12th, 2013

    The world should have never known who pulled the trigger, or what went down. Secrecy of the SEAL team has been raped by 0bama for political reasons.
    I really hate that son of a bitch traitor, and I think that may have influenced this hero’s decision to leave service early.

    God Bless the heroes. Death to all tyrants and traitors.

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  7. Dr. Tar

    February 12th, 2013

    They were saying on Fox & Friends this morning that the V.A. has gone from 6 months to 18 months to file paper work for injured / disabled veterans.

    Either we better start processing the paperwork a year before our service members retire or FIX THE DAMN THING! And I’m looking at you Obama. Quit shooting skeets and start kicking bureaucratic Ass! It’s in your f@#cking job description you retard.

    He and Hagel are planning on discharging (Yuk!) – a lot of service members during Obackstabber’s last term. They better get the V.A. streamlined and able to handle that flood or there are going to be a lot of good folks in this country looking for someone to blame.

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  8. All Too Much

    February 12th, 2013

  9. judgeroybean

    February 12th, 2013

    Wasn’t there a multi million dollar reward for Bin Laden’s scrawny hide? If so, divvy up the spoils, toss this guy a few bones.

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  10. Corky

    February 12th, 2013

    I agree with the above statements–I got out after 17 years for multiple reasons KNOWING that I would receive NO benefits. I was counseled and signed a mountain of paperwork. You know this coming in, you know it in basic training, you just KNOW it. Should we speed up the VA, should vets get priority for hiring, should we protect our special ops guys better–all legitimate discussions but something is wrong with this story.

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  11. cato

    February 12th, 2013

    No disrespect intended, when I was in VN I had combat leadership skills and a tremendous responsibilities as a Sergeant of Marines. When I left the Marine Corps at age 22 my skills did not equate to civilian life. Not much call for killing people and blowing stuff up, legally.

    No one was there to help me make the trasition to the “real” world and the civilian poplulation couldn’t possibly relate to what I and others endured. At that time many were anti-Viet Vet to boot.

    I worked on farms, fertiler companies, factory work, janitor work,scraped houses and painted them, mowed lawns, whatever it took to feed my family and attend school with the GI Bill.

    Hey, in reality it ain’t easy, it’s not smooth and very damn few people really give a shit what you did or where you did it.

    IT was “your” decision. You chose to leave the Navy after 16 years (before retirement age). This isn’t the end of the road, it is a new beginning that many 100s of thousands of veterans have traveled.

    The tenacity and abilities used to make this SEAL one of this nation’s finest warriors will carry him through………..if anyone comes forward to help or not.

    If you are waiting to get a hand-up or a hand out,you’ll have a lifetime of waiting.

    Get your shit together and take care of yourself and your family…..that is most important.

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  12. All Too Much

    February 12th, 2013

    I am looking to hire a wounded Gulf War era veteran in my law practice on the west coast. Long story why I have the qualifications in mind. I have not found a resource to locate qualified candidates. If anyone has a source for me can you post it?
    There are other groups, VetNet, HireHeroes.org, but I am running out of ideas. Just throwing the hook out.

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  13. Mr.Pinko

    February 12th, 2013

    The guy (doctor in Pakistan) who gave us Bin Laden is screwed. The woman who found Bin Laden got screwed. The Mohammed video guy they made a Benghazi scapegoat out of is still in jail.

    And idiots want the government to control our health care.

    We’re all screwed

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  14. Czar of Defenestration

    February 12th, 2013


    “…the former SEAL is eligible for at least five years of free health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs — a rather important fact that somehow was omitted in both the original Esquire article and the MSM’s follow-up coverage.”

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  15. MNHawk

    February 12th, 2013

    It’s a bleeping fashion magazine. I can’t read through pages and pages of tripe like

    “We would end up intimately familiar with each other’s lives. We’d have dinners, lots of Scotch. He’s played with my kids and my dogs and been a hilarious, engaging gentleman around my wife.”

    I just can’t. Was there a point as to why this guy couldn’t make it until 20?

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