In the March edition of Esquire, Phil Bronstein took on the difficult task of writing the story of the SEAL who took the kill shots, and became “The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden” A reader of my blog was kind enough to share this story with me yesterday, and I heard talk radio hosts talking about it on my way to work today.
Mr. Bronstein calls this very private SEAL “the Shooter.” Over 16 years ago, a girl broke the shooter’s heart, and he walked in to a Navy Recruiter’s office, looking for an escape. He told the recruiter that he would like to be a sniper. The recruiter said, “Hey, we have Snipers!” A decade and a half later, this man (who always felt that he was on this earth for a reason) became the man who pulled the trigger and brought down the most evil historical figure since Adolf Hitler.
Now he wondered how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.
This is a very detailed, and extremely well written article. It talks about the transition the Shooter is facing as he is re-acclimating to civilian life. It discusses the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the struggles he is having with privacy and with his family.
This man and the team with him took extreme personal risks, risks that almost all of us cannot even comprehend. This is his story, take time to read it.