I’m not sure what kind of political point they were trying to make, but Esquire magazine’s widely publicized article about the Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden is misleading about one of its major points.
from Stars and Stripes:
Esquire magazine claims “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden … Is Screwed.”
The story details the life of the Navy SEAL after the successful raid to take out the No. 1 terrorist, and it asserts that once the SEAL got out of the military he was left to fend for himself.
“…here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation:
Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.”
Except the claim about health care is wrong. And no servicemember who does less than 20 years gets a pension, unless he has to medically retire.
Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
But the story doesn’t mention that.
Now, I have no idea why this unidentified former SEAL retired before his pension benefits kicked in, but he is eligible for free health insurance. Why Esquire decided to leave this bit out of their sensationalized story is beyond me.