Under the irresistible headline "The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden...Is Screwed," Esquire Magazine posts here its cover story for March. It begins:
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.
But now confusion and controversy is swirling over whether, in fact, the man identified only as "the shooter" will in fact be quite so screwed. NPR's 'the two-way' blog covers the back-and-forth here, including the latest at this writing:
Update at 8:12 p.m. ET. SEAL Is Eligible For Benefits
Stars and Stripes is reporting that all combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are "automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs."
The newspaper also interviews Phil Bronstein, who wrote the Esquire piece. You can visit the Stars and Stripes website to see what he said.
Readers? Perhaps the point here is that we live in a country where it is even possible that a long-serving soldier could lack health care. Whatever your viewpoint, you may get a dark laugh out of this trenchant comment on NPR:
He can write "I killed Osama" on his resume. That is good for any mall cop position in America.
(Hat-tip to Ben Swasey)
This program aired on February 12, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.