UPDATE: Um, nevermind? Apparently I was caught in a moment of intellectual weakness. Serves me right for trusting a story from Esquire Magazine. Thanks to the commenters for the heads-up.
The Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden was interviewed in the March edition Esquire Magazine. In addition to revealing all the gory details of bin Laden’s death, he explained how he was treated by the country he served so faithfully. The short version is not well.
[The Shooter] told Bronstein: “I left SEALs on Friday. My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. ‘You’re out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go f*** yourself.’”
He reveals that, in the aftermath of the May 2011 raid, his marriage with his wife ended yet they have been forced to live together to save money. Because the U.S. government have given him nothing – no pension, no health care, no protection for his wife, children or him – he has had to teach them what to do if an attack should be made on their home.
You can judge a country by how it treats its heroes. Considering this story, the United States of America should be judged harshly.