The U.S. health care system is so complex even the elite Navy SEAL officer who says he killed terrorist group leader Osama bin Laden can't figure out his health benefits.
An Esquire Magazine article yesterday caused quite a stir featuring an interview with the former Navy SEAL officer who said he lost his health benefits after leaving the military. "Here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family," the article said. It turns out he can get coverage, but just didn't know it.
The independent military newspaper Stars and Stripes reports that Esquire got it wrong. Every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the article said.
The writer of the Esquire piece, Phil Bronstein, who heads the Center for Investigative Reporting, claims the story didn't misrepresent the situation since the SEAL didn't know the benefits existed, Stars and Stripes reported.
"No one ever told him that this is available," Bronstein said.