If this isn’t a complete disconnect, I don’t know what is. The elite member of the Seal Team 6 who took down Osama bin Laden is left out on his own to make his way in the civilian world. It was his sacrifice that helped to re-elect the commander in chief, who has left him high and dry.
The Shooter isn’t exactly able to write on his résumé that he’s the man who killed Osama Bin Laden– details about the mission are strictly classified and he adheres to a “quiet professional” code. The Shooter says he has no interest in making himself a public figure like the author of No Easy Day, who was also on the raid and was one of the men to shoot Bin Laden after the terrorist had been killed by the Shooter. So where is he now?
Apparently, in the same boat as many of America’s other veterans. …..
The Shooter and his wife are actually separated, but still live in the same house to save money. The $60,000 a year he made with extra bonuses for different activities has dried up, and they haven’t yet found a way to replace it.
“We’re actually looking into changing my name,” she explained. “Changing the kids’ names, taking my husband’s name off the house, paying off our cars. Essentially deleting him from our lives, but for safety reasons. We still love each other.”
According to Bronstein, the only assistance The Shooter was offered was a witness-protection like program where the national hero would be “driving a beer truck in Milwaukee.” The family would have to sever all connections to their former life.
A former SEAL and mentor to the Shooter noted: “These guys have millions of dollars’ worth of knowledge and training in their heads…All sorts of executive function skills. That shouldn’t go to waste.”
Read the whole thing. Our commander in chief is about to make his state of the union address, but rest assured, he won’t mention how our heroes are being treated. And if that’s not bad enough, the military is now looking at giving benefits to same sex partners, while heroes like this are left to secretly make their way in the world. And they wonder why we question their priorities?