Bin Laden Shooter Only Has Himself to Blame: Admiral
SEAL knew what he was giving up: admiral
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2013 6:09 AM CST
Updated Feb 15, 2013 7:35 AM CST
Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, commander of the Navy's Special Warfare Command, said that the man who killed Osama bin Laden received career counseling before being discharged from the service.   (SDICredcross)

(Newser) – The SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden may be missing out on a pension, healthcare for his family, and other benefits, but that's on him, according to the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. Rear Adm. Sean Pybus says "the Shooter," as he was called in the Esquire piece about his plight, received career counseling and knew what he was giving up by leaving the service after 16 years instead of 20. "This former SEAL made a deliberate and informed decision to leave the NAVY several years short of Retirement status," says Pybus in a statement, reports the Navy Times.

Pybus also says that, despite the Shooter's early retirement, the Navy would continue to meet with him and discuss transition issues, as it does with all veterans. But he did get in a few harsh words:

  • "I am very disappointed with the few people who use their SEAL cachet for self-serving purposes ... Most of our former or retired NSW members find a suitable second career without compromising the ideals of their active service—honor, courage and commitment."
The Navy Times notes that the Shooter has met with Washington lawmakers to discuss veterans benefits in the wake of the article. Click for the Shooter's side of the story.

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Feb 19, 2013 3:07 PM CST
the man made a choice now live with it
Feb 19, 2013 7:22 AM CST
I highly respect this guy. The physical, mental and emotional abuse that these active men take is beyond comprehension. I would like to know if the rule for 20 years and out was made for peace time or time at war. That is a great difference. Also those higher up the ladder sitting in their safe, comfortable offices chiding those risking their lives is questionable. The kind of action these guys are seeing is not anything like working in a safe environment here in the US, so doesn't fit at all to try and compare with working 20 years for retirement in civilian work. I don't know the reason he got out - perhaps it was to save his family (these guys are gone most of the year and when they are home too much mental stuff and can't just show up and be family), perhaps physically body beat up, perhaps emotionally beat up. We need to do more to support our troops who fight for our safety and freedom. I hope he gets the help he is looking for to transition well into civilian life.
Feb 16, 2013 5:33 PM CST
first, the guy that wrote the book ends up dead with his buddy, now this guy loses everything. coincidence? i don't think so.