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    Man Who Killed OBL Can Get Benefits

    FILE - This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A new book due out Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 says President Barack Obama hoped to put Bin Laden on trial if he had surrendered during a U.S. raid. Author Mark Bowden quotes the president as saying he thought he could make a strong political argument for giving bin Laden the full rights of a criminal defendant, to show U.S. justice applies even to him. In "The Finish," Bowden writes, however, that Obama said he expected the terror leader to go down fighting. (AP Photo)


    The man who shot Osama bin Laden may not be quite as screwed as Esquire made him seem. After publishing an article that claimed the Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden got “no pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family,” everyone was outraged. But Stars and Stripes writer Megan McCloskey points out that, actually, the SEAL should get five years of free health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Esquire fired back, saying that the VA does such a poor job of explaining what benefits vets are eligible for that the SEAL (along with 40 percent of vets) didn't apply for them. Furthermore, Esquire says, even if he did get benefits, his family wouldn't.

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