This is How We Treat Our Vets

02.11.13

Meet the Man Who Killed Bin Laden

The Center for Investigative Reporting's interactive map of U.S. veterans still waiting for help due to backlogged disability claims. (Esquire) ()

Can this story possibly be true? It seems utterly incredibly that such veterans would be treated with the disregard that is here claimed. But read for yourself:

I'm just looking at him from right here [he moves his hand out from his face about ten inches]. He's got a gun on a shelf right there, the short AK he's famous for. And he's moving forward. I don't know if she's got a vest and she's being pushed to martyr them both. He's got a gun within reach. He's a threat. I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up].

In that second, I shot him, two times in the forehead. Bap! Bap! The second time as he's going down. He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! same place. That time I used my EOTech red-dot holo sight. He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.

And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I've ever done, or the worst thing I've ever done? This is real and that's him. Holy shit. ...

He's [the shooter] lost some vision, he can't get his neck straight for any period of time. Right now, she's [the shooter's wife] just waiting to see what he creates for himself in this new life.

And she's waiting to see how he replaces even the $60,000 a year he was making (with special pay bonuses for different activities). Or how they can afford private health insurance that covers spinal injections she needs for her own sports injuries.

"This is new to us, not having the team."