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    There is more to this story than what we're reading here. If he was a "lifer" and `16 years would indicate that he was, why did he just quit and not apply for a medical discharge for seal related injuries over the years? I support our troops but I want to know the whole story.
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    Here's the thing Jesse, this man, if unable to work bc of his injuries, could collect social security, and be covered under medicare, while va processes his disability app. Why isn't he doing that? So yes, I do believe that there is more to the story here.
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    If anybody wants to know why I abhor the obama regime, this is it. obama was reelected on the lie that he shot and killed bin laden. The navy seal that actually shot and killed bin laden didn't even so much as get a thank you from the president, although this navy seal's action are directly responsible for barack "Jimmy Carter v2.0" obama getting reelected. It is disgusting the utter disrespect that the obama regime shows our military. The entire country should be ashamed and outraged. Instead the country continues to support failed leadership. Disgusting, and yes, so sad...
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    "obama was reelected on the lie that he shot and killed bin laden." No, Neo, that wasn't the reason. It was, in fact, a very small factor in the outcome of November's election. I'm sure you would like to believe that the reelection was a fluke of some sort caused by something like this one incident, or Hurrican Sandy, or voter fraud, or any of the other excuses that people like Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove tried to come up, but it really did happen because most people disagree with you. Sorry. It sucks to be in the minority, but there it is.

    As for this one soldier, I'm sure there is much more to this story than what we're getting here. Maybe you could google it for us and let us know what you find?
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    Ranting and raving. He'll probably get his 100% in 9 months. The Vietnam veterans been waiting for their disability since their war ended. How many presidents have passed them by since then? Hmmm.
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    I don't care what this guy's back story was. The United States as a country should see to it that this guy and his family is taken care of. If the US government is not willing to do so someone should set up a fund for him and his family. I'll be glad to chip in and I'm sure that many more people would too.
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    You don't care if he quit because he thought he could profit from being the shooter of Bin Laden and didn't bother to file for medical discharge? I don't know what happened here and neither do you. I might contribute if there is legitimate cause but just because he was an assigned shooter doesn't make him any different than any other Navy Seal in service today.
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    I agree, even more so after reading the whole article. I cannot imagine what he and many others, have faced. To then forevermore fear retribution, for doing his job. He and all military personal placed in positions like this deserve much better.
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    Stars & Stripes corrects Esquire: "Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs."
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    Yes. He is a hero. You will rarely see praise from me for the military. But he deserves free health care for life, as does everyone. For him there should be something more perhaps. And if some one in the navy actually said he should go fxxxk himself they should be canned from the job and dishonorably discharged. Disgusting...
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    Not just this guy, but ANY veteran with obvious service-connected injuries should immediately receive care while his/her case is slogging through the system.
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    Isn't this the same guy who iterated the steps and wrote, or is writing a book about the Bin Laden incident? If so, then what does he expect. He shouldn't have opened his mouth about the incident when military is always confidential.
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    Sorry but you have to do the 20 years unless you were medically discharged. I am retired military and you just do not get out at 16 and get benefits. you volunteered to be a Seal, quit complaining. You sound like an NFL athelite who is wanting money for a concussion. And no one who works for the DOD is going to tell a veteran "go F**ck yourself."
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    I beg to differ. When I suffered brain damage and two blown ear drums I was brought back to the theater of operations to run a radio in the toc even though I had zero hearing in one ear and partial in the other. Once I did make it back to the states I had a urologist, yes a UROLOGIST, evaluate me for a brain injury. He told me to go fu@# myself and that I had zero problems even though all my tests and evaluations said otherwise. I eventually had to involve a Senator just to get a fair evaluation. So yes it does happen.
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    @MOVet I am in the Fort Knox area and have been here since 1989 with the exception of two years, and have never heard of DOD or active militray doctor telling a wounded vet to go f**k themselves. A civilian yes, I could see that. Could it happen? Yes, but that person wouldn't be working there long with that attitude. I have 20 % dissability, and it took me two years to get it even though my records clearly dictate they were service related, and I know of others who have the same injuries but get far more. It is a big problem for vets to get help-I know this, but just because you killed Bin Laden doesn't mean you move to the front of the line. Using your status as the man that killed Bin Laden to speed up the benefit process is just wrong.
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    @MadAmerican no it doesn't automatically mean he should get disability or coverage just because he killed bin laden. However the article clearly states a wide range of disabilities. I am a combat veteran, initially joined in 1994 and yes I am retired from the Army, medically 70 percent dod 100% va, after sixteen years of active service, I was wounded in combat. In my experience yes I have had a dod employee tell me to fuck off. Yes I was evaluated by someone who was not qualified to evaluate me. Everyone has a story and what happens to one not necessarily means it will happen to you. This evaluation and dealing with this dod employee took place at Ft Campbell, KY from 08-10. So yes it does happen and as far as that pos having a job he did when I retired.
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    Disability benefits pay more than retirement. With this younger generation of soldiers, it's become a trend to prefer 100 percent to retirement or working. Substance abuse (because of PTSD) is often used to reach that goal, and they'll joke about it and network about how to act and react during that 30 days in order to be certified disabled. Not all, but quite a few have this mentality.
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    I am sure this SEAL isn't just trying to get one over on the military. To get my disability it took two blown eardrums, brain damage and more metal than a 1962 Buick in my knee. Not all of us want or lie about our problems. I would much rather have my health than have to deal with the VA's crappy service or money. I will agree there are lots of dishonest people who try to take advantage of the system however there are just as many crooks in the system who take away from us veterans.
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    If he was the guy who actually got bin laden, why not give him some of the $25 million reward they offered? I know the legal reasons. Blah blah. But in this case make an exception. Split it among the members of the team.
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    Why would you do that when numerous people other than the Seal team was responsible for finding bin Laden in the first place? Didn't you even watch Zero Dark Thirty? If anyone deserves to share in the reward the woman at the CIA who pressed on despite all the jerks who stood in her way should be included.
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    @jessejaymes maybe so. I was saying that there was a reward. Why not split it up and give it to the team. Not just the boots on the ground people but the people that were actually responsible for getting him. That would include those that found him. It would be a great gesture.
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    @NTBFW I personally wouldn't have a problem with that but this being America if you split up 25 million among a small group of people who are already being paid to do a job for this country then you open the can of worms that is always America. Seal team people suing because they weren't on that mission. Delta Force claiming bias. NSA suing for their share of the reward because of some obscure contribution that may or may not be valid. I just don't see it happening.
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    Shhh. Be quite. Your disability claim is still pending. You might end up with 100% in 9 months. Think about the Vietnam Vets. who's still trying to get their benefit.
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    No, he is an American citizen. He should find a job which offers health insurance as a privileged benefit just as any other disadvantage American relative to the rest of the modern world has to. Screw him. (:
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    That man shot and killed the terrorist behind the 9/11 massacre. He is a hero. Your comment is very disrespectful to say the least.
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    @OhWiseOne I agree with you 100%. What a disgrace that he finds himself in a situation similar to millions of other Americans. His experience represents what I feel is wrong with the U.S. unique method of access to heath care by its citizens. I can't understand how so many people can be proud of a system which produces an outcome like this. Yet his experience is one shared by millions placed in a similar predicament and people just don't seem to care. He will be one of the luckier ones with the VA to turn to, others have had nothing.
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    Anonymous? Hmmm....we still don't have a body or pictures....why do I feel a story that is trying to tug at our "heart strings" that has very little basis in reality....I smell a progressive liberal setup....
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    i had the same crap happen after 6 years... 3.5 of which were spent in the swamps of vietnam. not only that, but most of the guys i know who survived that fiasco were offered jobs where they cold be 'erased' if necessary. i was 'invited' to join the nys state police force.
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    He shouldn't feel bad, we pay for the navy to do what it does and their over our residential zoned homes telling us f#*k off nearly daily now or at the least with any signs of life outside, so. Be glad its just health coverage, you can move on, we live here and stuck in a world of debt taking their bs as all hide behind patriotic banter to excuse bad behavior on their part.
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    Well I spent 4 in the USMC and 21 in the US Army and they never told me to go F**k myself, so I am believing that there is something else going on that we are not being told here.
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