Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Doesn’t Receive Health Care, Pension From Federal Government
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Navy SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden is not getting health care or an income from the federal government.
The Shooter tells Esquire magazine that when he retired from the SEALs last September, he and his family lost health care coverage.
“I left SEALs on Friday,” he told Esquire. “My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night. 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.”
Since the Shooter left before 20 years, he currently gets no income from the military or pension.
“He gave so much to his country, and now it seems he’s left in the dust. I feel there’s no support, not just for my family but for other families in the community,” the Shooter’s wife explained to Esquire. “I honestly have nobody I can go to or talk to. Nor do I feel my husband has gotten much for what he’s accomplished in his career.”
The two are separated but still live in the same house with their kids due to financial reasons.
The Shooter discussed with Esquire the witness-protection-like program the Defense Department would set him up with should his name ever get out.
“They [SEAL command] told me they could get me a job driving a beer truck in Milwaukee,” he said. “We’d lose everything.”
In case there is some type of retaliatory attack against him for bin Laden’s death, he taught his children to hide in a bathroom in the most fortified part of their house.
“[M]y family is always going to be at risk. It’s just a matter of finding coping strategies,” the Shooter’s wife explained.
The Shooter also went into great detail on the night he killed the terrorist mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
“In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he’s going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place. That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath,” the Shooter said.
The Shooter continued: “His forehead was gruesome. It was split open in the shape of a V. I could see his brains spilling out over his face. The American public doesn’t want to know what that looks like.”
He said the killing took approximately 15 seconds on the third floor of bin Laden’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound.
The interview is published in Esquire’s March 2013 issue.