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The man who shot bin laden... screwed by uncle sam - February 12, 2013, 07:30 AM

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

Read more: Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden - Treatment of Veteran Who Shot bin Laden - Esquire Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden - Treatment of Veteran Who Shot bin Laden - Esquire


A long read, but worth it. Sucks how govt does this to so many people who have sacrificed so much

favorite line from article:

One of the snipers who'd seen the disabled helo approached just before they went into the main building. He said, "Hey, dude, they've got an awesome mock-up of our helo in their yard." I said, "No, dude. They shot one of ours down." He said, "Okay, that makes more sense than the shit I was saying."

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February 12, 2013, 08:17 AM

Read the article last night. It's a good one. However, coming from a military background a mission is a mission. "the shooter" also left the service 36 months short of 20 years, which disqualified him from all retirement benefits. He gets no retirement check, no benefits, no protection for himself or his family from retaliation. Ya it sucks, you did a great thing, but its top secret, nobody can know who you are, that's why a mission is a mission. Why would you leave the service after so much time in selling yourself short?


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February 12, 2013, 08:19 AM

Leaving a few years before retirement is silly, something about this story really doesn't add up


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February 12, 2013, 08:20 AM

yeah I didn't understand that either. I guess he just couldn't take it anymore.

It's all or nothing. Early out = better find a private sector job ASAP!
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yeah I didn't understand that either. I guess he just couldn't take it anymore.

It's all or nothing. Early out = better find a private sector job ASAP!
The way the article sounds, he jumped the gun to try to go into business for himself, and hasn't had success.

Stupid hurts. The military sucks, but pretty much any job is tolerable for 3 more years.


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yeah im not sure why he quit. he had the brotherhood of his fellow soldiers etc.

I'm wondering if he was getting scared or having some sort of feeling he wasn't going to make it to his 20 year mark.

I agree, it doesn't add up.
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yeah im not sure why he quit. he had the brotherhood of his fellow soldiers etc.

I'm wondering if he was getting scared or having some sort of feeling he wasn't going to make it to his 20 year mark.

I agree, it doesn't add up.
Even if that's the case, spec ops is an entirely volunteer gig. He could have just left that community and gone back to a nice, quiet, safe job for a few years, maybe done some recruiting.

Methinks there's more to the story here.


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i didn't think about that. yeah, that makes it even more interesting. If he had that freedom, why not just push paper if he doesn't want combat anymore? Or go to germany / japan / anywhere else and not pick up a rifle?
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Or, at the very least, transition to the reserve components, pick up a BS CONUS mobilization for three years or an AGR job, and get the active retirement.


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"Three of us were driving to our first briefing on the mission," he said. "We were thinking maybe it was Libya, but we knew there would be very high-level brass there. One of my guys says, 'I bet it's bin Laden.'" Another guy told the Shooter, "If it's Osama bin Laden, dude, I will suck yo' dick."

"So after I shoot UBL, I bring him over to see his body. 'Okay,' I told him, 'now is as good a time as any.'"


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Our Federal Government has a staggeringly horrible record taking care of our veterans, and yet today we put national healthcare into its hands too. The increasing reliance and belief in our federal government boggles my mind. The majority of people in this nation believe what they want to believe, not what the evidence suggests is true.


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Our Federal Government has a staggeringly horrible record taking care of our veterans, and yet today we put national healthcare into its hands too. The increasing reliance and belief in our federal government boggles my mind. The majority of people in this nation believe what they want to believe, not what the evidence suggests is true.
Hmmm kind of like religion huh?


And yes something about this doesn't add up. Why leave early if you are that close to gaining the benefits?
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Our Federal Government has a staggeringly horrible record taking care of our veterans, and yet today we put national healthcare into its hands too. The increasing reliance and belief in our federal government boggles my mind. The majority of people in this nation believe what they want to believe, not what the evidence suggests is true.
I have problems agreeing with this statement. My case may be unique, but this past June my father received a Kidney transplant and still receives ongoing follow-up care and anti-rejection medication courtesy of the VA.

They flew him and I up to Pittsburgh, put me up in a hotel, meals, and travel all paid for 2 weeks until he was discharged and cleared to go home.

The treatment he received from start to finish, including surgeon team, pharmacist, and nursing staff was A+ all around.

He was discharged from the Army nearly 40 years ago in perfect physical health with no injuries, so in my mind, the VA would have been justified in denying assistance.

Maybe my experience is unique, but it would be disingeniuous if I complained about the VA.



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I have problems agreeing with this statement. My case may be unique, but this past June my father received a Kidney transplant and still receives ongoing follow-up care and anti-rejection medication courtesy of the VA.

They flew him and I up to Pittsburgh, put me up in a hotel, meals, and travel all paid for 2 weeks until he was discharged and cleared to go home.

The treatment he received from start to finish, including surgeon team, pharmacist, and nursing staff was A+ all around.

He was discharged from the Army nearly 40 years ago in perfect physical health with no injuries, so in my mind, the VA would have been justified in denying assistance.

Maybe my experience is unique, but it would be disingeniuous if I complained about the VA.
Glad your pops is ok, but he is probably the exception to the rule.
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February 12, 2013, 09:41 AM

Meanwhile, a former soldier of mine who was blown the fuck up continually has headaches with his VA paperwork, still hasn't received his disability, and fights for coverage on every procedure he has.

The fact that there's such a WIDE gulf in care suggests that the institution is broken


And i won't even go into my own issues. All the VA ever did for me was nearly disqualify me from a job.


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