On this solemn day when friends, family, and admirers of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle gathered at Cowboy Stadium to say their final goodbyes, one of his SEAL brothers broke his silence about being the shooter of Osama bin Laden.
Still unnamed, the trigger man in the killing of the terrorist, spoke with Phil Bronstein, former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, at length for an article to be released in Esquire magazine on Feb. 19, “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed.”
A member of SEAL Team 6, with hundreds of combat missions to his credit, The Shooter (as he is referred to) is responsible for the three deadly shots that literally changed the course of history.
But if life changed for the better for Americans with the death of bin Laden, The Shooter and his family’s lives have not. He fears first, for his family’s security in their hometown of Virginia Beach, and next for their long-term financial survival.
Leaving the Navy four years shy of his 20 years, The Shooter, according to the article, is not eligible for the military’s Tricare insurance and employment opportunities seem scarce. Writing: “I am the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden” on an employment application is not an option.
Secrecy is a thick blanket over our Special Forces that inelegantly covers them, technically forever. The twenty-three SEALs who flew into Pakistan that night were directed by their command the day they got back stateside about acting and speaking as though it had never happened.
During Matt Lauer’s Today Show interview this morning with Bronstein, he outlines some of the fears and hurdles The Shooter now faces in civilian life. (The interview is really worth the 6 minute viewing time).
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