Outliers was a little puzzled last week when we read that the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden was without healthcare after leaving the service last fall after 16 years.
A fascinating story about the veteran, who is called simply the Shooter in the piece, was jointly published by the Center for Investigative Reporting and Esquire.
In the 15,000-word story, Phil Bronstein—who oversees the Center for Investigative Reporting—wrote: “Here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no healthcare, and no protection for himself or his family.”
Not true, says Stars and Stripes reporter Megan McCloskey. The former SEAL, like all combat veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare services through the Veterans Affairs Department. McCloskey added that Bronstein said his claim that the government gave the Shooter “nothing” for healthcare benefits is accurate because no one told him those benefits were available. “He said there wasn't space in the article to explain that the former SEAL's lack of healthcare was driven by an ignorance of the benefits to which he's entitled,” McCloskey wrote in her piece.