Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden speaks out

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This framegrab from an undated video released by the US Department of Defense on May 7, 2011, reportedly show Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden making a video...
This framegrab from an undated video released by the US Department of Defense on May 7, 2011, reportedly show Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden making a video...
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The Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden is speaking out for the first time, and he’s not happy about the way he and his colleagues have been treated on the home front.

The SEAL, known only as “the Shooter,” was interviewed by Phil Bronstein for Esquire magazine. Bronstein reported that the SEAL retired four years shy of the 20 necessary for a full pension with benefits, and now he says that he and his family don’t have medical insurance or protection from retaliation.

Bronstein appeared on Weekends with Alex Witt on Saturday, and he spoke about the unique problems encountered by Special Forces veterans.

“The problem is that when you transition out into civilian life, not only do you have a host of problems that we’ve heard about that veterans have in general, but you can’t talk about what you’ve done,” Bronstein said. “So what do you put on a resume? How do you get a job that’s commensurate with the skills you’ve learned, in his case 16 years as a Navy SEAL?”

It was revealed last week that the Department of Defense is now looking into whether or not the SEAL revealed any classified information in the course of the interview. However, Bronstein told Witt that the U.S. Specials Operations Command has already said that it does not see any problems with what the SEAL revealed.

Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden speaks out

Updated