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The Shooter | Center for Investigative Reporting

The Shooter is the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.  He left a few years before his retirement benefits would’ve kicked in because he was done.  He doesn’t even want to work in security as a civilian because he doesn’t want to carry a gun.  Now he has to pay for his own health insurance and physical therapy.  Plus he has a family to support.

Center for Investigative Reporting:

But the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, 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.

And:

"I left SEALs on Friday," he said the next time I saw him. It was a little more than thirty-six months before the official retirement requirement of twenty years of service. "My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You’re out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go f**k yourself."

The government does provide 180 days of transitional health-care benefits, but the Shooter is eligible only if he agrees to remain on active duty “in a support role,” or become a reservist. Either way, his life would not be his own. Instead, he’ll buy private insurance for $486 a month, but some treatments that relieve his wartime pains, like $120 for weekly chiropractic care, are out-of-pocket. Like many vets, he will have to wait at least eight months to have his disability claims adjudicated. Or even longer. The average wait time nationally is more than nine months, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Anyone who leaves early also gets no pension, so he is without income. Even if he had stayed in for the full twenty, his pension would have been half his base pay: $2,197 a month. The same as a member of the Navy choir.

There’s an Indiegogo campaign to raise one year’s salary for him.

(via Center for Investigative Reporting)


Boston.com:

A clip of .50 calibre rounds are stacked ready for use at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, June 6, 2012.

photo credit:  Tim Wimborne / Reuters
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Boston.com:

A clip of .50 calibre rounds are stacked ready for use at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, June 6, 2012.

photo credit:  Tim Wimborne / Reuters

(via Boston.com)

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Got Your 6 is a campaign led by the entertainment industry to support military veterans and their families.
(via gotyour6.org, hat tip The Daily What)

Got Your 6 is a campaign led by the entertainment industry to support military veterans and their families.

(via gotyour6.org, hat tip The Daily What)

Source gotyour6.org


Grace Hopper on Letterman! (by cistheta2007)

I like this lady.  :)

(hat tip Udacity)

Source youtube.com


WSJ:
American servicemembers waited inside a transport plane for their departure to Afghanistan from a transit center near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday.
photo credit:  Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP / Getty Images
(via WSJ)

WSJ:

American servicemembers waited inside a transport plane for their departure to Afghanistan from a transit center near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday.

photo credit:  Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP / Getty Images

(via WSJ)

Source The Wall Street Journal


K-Pop group Girls Generation surprises soliders at a military camp.

當少女時代走進韓國軍營,整個場面hold不住了 SNSD by williamlai1214

(via The Daily What)

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The Big Picture:
The North Korean military parades to celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Pyongyang on Sept. 9. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and his son reviewed the parade of military hardware and thousands of goose-stepping troops, in what analysts saw as a bid to bolster loyalty to the regime.
photo credit: AFP/Getty Images
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The Big Picture:

The North Korean military parades to celebrate the 63rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Pyongyang on Sept. 9. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and his son reviewed the parade of military hardware and thousands of goose-stepping troops, in what analysts saw as a bid to bolster loyalty to the regime.

photo credit: AFP/Getty Images

(via A step-by-step guide to celebrating - The Big Picture | Boston.com)

Source Boston.com


The Big Picture:
Second Lieutenant Andrew Ferrara, with the 27th Infantry Regiment, packs Gobstopper candy with the rest of his arsenal.
photo credit: David Goldman / Associated Press
(via Afghanistan, September 2011 - The Big Picture | Boston.com)

The Big Picture:

Second Lieutenant Andrew Ferrara, with the 27th Infantry Regiment, packs Gobstopper candy with the rest of his arsenal.

photo credit: David Goldman / Associated Press

(via Afghanistan, September 2011 - The Big Picture | Boston.com)

Source Boston.com


Official Citation Medal of Honor - Sgt. Dakota Meyer

Um, in case you lose track…dude made FIVE trips for SIX hours to rescue his team, all while being shot at and who knows what else.  Doggone right he should have a beer with the President.


photo credit: David Goldman/Associated Press
First Lieutenant Nikesh Kapadia (center), 24, of Queens, N.Y., waits with comrades of his 101st Airborne unit to go through customs at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The unit is returning to Fort Campbell, Ky., after its yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. 
(via The Big Picture | Boston.com)

photo credit: David Goldman/Associated Press

First Lieutenant Nikesh Kapadia (center), 24, of Queens, N.Y., waits with comrades of his 101st Airborne unit to go through customs at the Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The unit is returning to Fort Campbell, Ky., after its yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. 

(via The Big Picture | Boston.com)

Source Boston.com


The Big Picture: Tears - Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP
BBC NEWS:
Travis Jones, of the 1st Infantry Division, has tears wiped by his wife as he is reunited with his two-year-old son upon his return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kansas, USA, 27 September 2009.

The Big Picture: Tears - Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP

BBC NEWS:

Travis Jones, of the 1st Infantry Division, has tears wiped by his wife as he is reunited with his two-year-old son upon his return from Iraq to Fort Riley, Kansas, USA, 27 September 2009.

Source BBC


A handwritten note at the military civil affairs office in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2007.  Photo by John Moore.
(via The New York Times)

A handwritten note at the military civil affairs office in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2007.  Photo by John Moore.

(via The New York Times)


For more than 2 years, The Denver Post documented Ian Fisher’s journey to becoming a soldier: his recruitment, training, deployment, and thankfully, his return.
Ian Fisher : American Soldier
Writer/Reporting by: Kevin Simpson, with Michael Riley and Bruce Finley
Photography by Craig F. Walker

For more than 2 years, The Denver Post documented Ian Fisher’s journey to becoming a soldier: his recruitment, training, deployment, and thankfully, his return.

Ian Fisher : American Soldier

Writer/Reporting by: Kevin Simpson, with Michael Riley and Bruce Finley

Photography by Craig F. Walker

Source The Denver Post


The Big Picture:  Flip - Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP
BBC NEWS:
Special Army soldiers flip simultaneously as they demonstrate their martial arts skills during a rehearsal for the 61st anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters, South Korea. South Korea will celebrate the 61st Armed Forces Day on Oct. 1.

The Big Picture: Flip - Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP

BBC NEWS:

Special Army soldiers flip simultaneously as they demonstrate their martial arts skills during a rehearsal for the 61st anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters, South Korea. South Korea will celebrate the 61st Armed Forces Day on Oct. 1.

Source BBC


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Graduates toss their hats into the air at the end of the United States Naval Academy graduation ceremony May 22, 2009.

Photo by Pete Souza

P052209PS-0070 (via The Official White House Photostream)

Graduates toss their hats into the air at the end of the United States Naval Academy graduation ceremony May 22, 2009.

Photo by Pete Souza


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