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For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.

Esquire magazine published a 15,000 word piece by Phil Bronstein that features interviews with the unnamed “Shooter” who killed Osama bin Laden during the raid on his Abbottabad compound in May of 2011.

The 16 year Navy veteran of SEAL Team Six has faced difficult challenges since leaving the SEALs. With over 30 combat kills, many “eyeball to eyeball”, he is an excellent example of the trauma of combat and the trials that our warriors face as they transition back to civilian life, from adequate job training to mental-health counseling to, as in Shooter’s case, the disintegration of marriages.

There’s also been some fallout regarding apparently incorrect information about health insurance availability.

Parts of the article are not for the squeamish, but you do owe it to yourself to fully understand the sacrifices that these warriors, and their families, have made in our name.

Additional information on thr Abbottabad riad at Wikipedia