The Shooter: Hitman who killed Bin Laden says he's been left with nothing
The raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011 was carried out by the elite Navy SEAL Team Six, of which the Shooter was a member.
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He was one of the top special forces agents in the world, but nearly two years after the man known only as the “Shooter” shot Osama bin Laden to death, the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six member has little to show for his years of service.
For the first time the Shooter has gone public with his perceived mistreatment by the U.S. authorities. The extraordinary article published by Esquire magazine, titled “The man who killed Osama bin Laden … is screwed,” details the raid on Bin Laden’s complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and what happened to the Shooter afterwards.
The SEAL member tells journalist Phil Bronstein that since the raid he has been left with nothing to show for his deeds — no job, no pension and no health care coverage.
"They spent, in the case of the shooter, 16 years doing exactly what they're trained to do, which is going out on these missions, deployment after deployment, killing people on a regular basis, " Bronstein, executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting, which also published the story, told CNN. "They finally get to the point where they don't want to do that anymore."
The treatment of U.S. soldiers has become a hot issue in America. In 2012, for the first time more U.S. service personnel killed themselves than died in combat. Veterans’ mental health has suffered from a lack of provision and too many deployments to dangerous war zones without the proper support.
According to the latest statistics, which the U.S. Department of Justice stopped publishing one year after the invasion of Iraq, at least 10 percent of the U.S. prison population has served in the armed forces.
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