Was bin Laden's Killer Left Behind?


The March issue of Esquire magazine reports that the former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden got shunted aside by the U.S. government when he left the service last summer: "Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family."

Not completely true. The unnamed ex-SEAL would get five years of free medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) simply for having served in a post-9/11 war, officials say. Phil Bronstein, the article's author, says "no one ever told" the SEAL he was entitled to such care.

Many vets find...

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