Esquire has quite a scoop in its March issue. Inside the issue Esquire has published the first interview with the Navy SEAL responsible for killing Osama Bin Laden. Not just one of the SEALs on the mission; the SEAL who shot the most infamous terrorist in the world. In fact, he’s referred to only as “The Shooter” in the piece by Phil Bronstein.
Aside from getting the SEAL to give his account of what happened that day, the most interesting aspect about this piece is that Bronstein gets him to open up about what has happened after that day. Not much, it seems, has gone well.
The Shooter explained to Bronstein that now that he has retired, he has been left with no pension, no medical insurance for his family, no assistance transitioning to civilian life and about a nine month wait to gain access to medical benefits for himself.
Another SEAL bluntly told Bronstein of their situation, “If I get killed on this next deployment, I know my family will be taken care of. But if I come back and retire, I won’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life. Sad to say, it’s better if I get killed.”
An impressive get for Esquire to say the least. The issue hits newsstands February 19, but Bronstein’s piece is online now.