Phil Bronstein interviews the man who shot Osama Bin Laden about his time in the Nacy SEALs, the raid, and his life since then. The whole (extensive) interview is worth a read. Teaser quote:
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.”
Sarah Kliff focuses on his life since leaving the SEALs:
Tricare (the health insurance program that covers military service members and their families) does provide 180 days of transitional health insurance “but the Shooter is eligible only if he agrees to remain on active duty “in a support role,” or become a reservist.” Now, the Shooter is purchasing a private health insurance plan for $486 per month, which does not cover some of his treatments.
Update: A reader flags an item from a Stars and Stripes veterans’ blog asserting that the Esquire article “wrongly claims SEAL who killed Bin Laden is denied healthcare.”