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SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew hed lose benefits
Fox News ^ | Feb 15, 2013

Posted on 02/15/2013 7:39:35 AM PST by KeyLargo

SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew he’d lose benefits

Published February 15, 2013

| FoxNews.com

The former Navy SEAL who says he shot Usama bin Laden reportedly knew he was leaving the service well short of a retirement and without benefits, according to the commander of Naval Special Warfare.

The “man who killed" bin Laden — featured in the March issue of Esquire — made headlines earlier this week when the former SEAL asserted was “screwed” and abandoned by the military after losing his military health insurance benefits upon leaving the service in September.

But Rear Adm. Sean Pybus told Navy Times the SEAL knew what he was giving up in leaving the service with 16 years of service, shy of the 20-year retirement mark.

“Concerning recent writing and reporting on ‘The Shooter’ and his alleged situation, this former SEAL made a deliberate and informed decision to leave the NAVY several years short of Retirement status,” Pybus said. “Months ahead of his separation, he was counseled on status and benefits, and provided with options to continue his career until Retirement eligible. Claims to the contrary in these matters are false.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: corruption; govtabuse; military; seal; veterans
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I spoke with a retired Army Command Sergeant Major last night and he brought up the fact that there was a program in place where the military would entice service personnel with cash to leave the service prior to completing 20 years and forfeit any future benefits.

He told me that he tried to dissuade many young men and women from taking the government deal of up to $60 K to buy them off, but sadly the immediate offer of government $$ money to get them to leave the military was too much for these young men and women to resist.

But, they were adults and that was their choice.

Anyway, I thought that any honorably discharged vets would be eligible for VA medical treatment but I guess that I was wrong.

1 posted on 02/15/2013 7:39:46 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

So much for the liberal “support our troops” mantra, eh? That is what it boils down to.


2 posted on 02/15/2013 7:41:59 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: KeyLargo

OK then .. no harm, no foul.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 7:43:21 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: KeyLargo

Why would the man who killed OBL reveal himself to Esquire and why did he leave the Navy four years short of retirement? Something is fishy with this deal.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 7:44:20 AM PST by em2vn
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To: KeyLargo

When my husband joined the service in the early 80’s, he was told that if needed he would always be eligible for VA medical, he served 7 years. My Uncle served less time and has VA medical as secondary insurance, he served in the early 70’s. Has something changed?


5 posted on 02/15/2013 7:48:45 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Olog-hai
So much for the liberal “support our troops” mantra, eh? That is what it boils down to.

What support? The illegal alien muslim homosexual who lives in our White House is going to fire 7,000 marines, and cut the pay across the board for our military.

Bad enough that we have homosexuals flooding the barracks, but now we have the scumbags in our White House taking money from our military.

6 posted on 02/15/2013 7:50:04 AM PST by laweeks
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To: KeyLargo

If true he’s beginning to sound like a Democrat. EVERYONE knows you need 20-then you are home free. You need extra testosterone to be a Seal and sometimes it gets in the way of their thinking. Rich Saudis can reward him but the US government is off the hook. 16 years and not the remaining 4 makes no sense and we shouldn’t be bothered.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 7:50:32 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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When I read the article a week or so ago, my thought was why is this guy complaining ... twenty years and military retirement benefit's kick in ... not sixteen. It was his choice.
8 posted on 02/15/2013 7:50:50 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

Apparently this buyout offer included a no-insurance clause. Probably sneaked in there. Many probably didn’t know it.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 7:51:07 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: KeyLargo

I don’t think there’s any way anyone as smart as a SEAL would not know exactly what the deal was when he was discharged.


10 posted on 02/15/2013 7:53:23 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: KeyLargo

How come they have to wait 20 years for any benefits and congressional members only have to serve one term to get full benefits and perks?


11 posted on 02/15/2013 7:53:28 AM PST by beekay
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To: KeyLargo

The Admiral is quite correct.

Not a chance in Hell this SEAL didn’t realize that he wouldn’t receive retirement benefits if he left before the 20-year mark. Everyone who serves knows that.

This is much ado about nothing. The man made a decision, and IMHO, a very bad one. He had four years to go (tops) til he was eligible for lifetime retirement benefits. Truly dumb.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 7:54:15 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: em2vn

I know a number of people that have gotten out with less than 10yrs left. I work with a guy that was offered Chief or Warrant to stay in after 11 yrs, and he declined. Some people just get fed up with it.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 7:55:51 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: laweeks

Indeed, yet they won’t stop chanting “support our troops” all the while. They’re like the sheep in Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 7:56:33 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: KeyLargo
I thought that any honorably discharged vets would be eligible for VA medical treatment but I guess that I was wrong.
All can get treatment, but what you pay is means tested based on income, disability rating, etc.
But this also brings up another point - if someone's medical problem is not due to their military service, why does Uncle Sam owe them care?
My FIL was a WWII vet (ETO) and got real PO'd when the VA wouldn't pay for his false teeth. His attitude was - they owe me.
I'm a 'Nam vet and I don't think the gubmint owes me a thing.
15 posted on 02/15/2013 7:57:24 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Why would the man who killed OBL reveal himself to Esquire and why did he leave the Navy four years short of retirement? Something is fishy with this deal.

I agree. This guy sounds too dumb to be a SEAL. Talk about a lack of situational awareness.

16 posted on 02/15/2013 7:57:53 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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The article says that the SEAL left 16years short of a 20 year retirement. I have read several books written by SEALS and 4 years to get to the position of top seal in 4 years seems to be unheard of. Does the SEAL only have 4 years of service? He still has VA rights and PTSD would be one possibility. 4 years of military service can be used for retirement towards federal retirement system. Any Veteran can get free treatment form the Veterans Administration with some restrictions.
17 posted on 02/15/2013 7:58:11 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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I spoke with a retired Army Command Sergeant Major last night and he brought up the fact that there was a program in place where the military would entice service personnel with cash to leave the service prior to completing 20 years and forfeit any future benefits....Anyway, I thought that any honorably discharged vets would be eligible for VA medical treatment but I guess that I was wrong.

So if they take the government's money and leave the service early, they forfeit an "honorable discharge" status?

18 posted on 02/15/2013 8:00:50 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: KeyLargo

Most people have a poor sense of just how little money any amount of money really is.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 8:02:31 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: knarf
The retired CSM told me that that when he tried talking the service members out of the government deal he explained that after taxes and deductions taken out that the check would not be what they thought it would be, but the sleaze-ball car dealer outside the military post would have plenty of shiny new cars ready and waiting to sell them which was the first thing that they cashed the check for.
20 posted on 02/15/2013 8:02:48 AM PST by KeyLargo
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