Article Inspires Controversy Over Treatment of Navy SEALs

Earlier this week, an article was released by Esquire magazine detailing the challenges currentlyUS_Navy_SEALs_insignia facing the Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden (note: the article contains adult language). The article explains that the SEAL, having retired from the Navy after 16 years, is now faced with a life lacking in much opportunity; having spent years focused solely on the Navy, he lacks many regular world job skills and is prohibited from talking too much about his experiences. Furthermore, the article alleges that there are a lack of services available to the retired SEAL, who now has no pension or health insurance.

The article presents a grim picture of the fate awaiting people who serve our country. Though there has been controversy and discussion about whether the picture the article paints is entirely accurate, it has at least brought attention to the issue of whether or not the government is doing enough to support veterans. SEALs, who have undergone the most rigorous training and often have the most difficulty reintegrating into civilian life, are in particular need of support when they leave the armed services behind.

To learn more about the extensive training Navy SEALs endure in preparation for their service, please check out The Military Experience. Special Operations: Training by Don Nardo (ISBN #978-1-59935-356-2) from your local library, or purchase it from Morgan Reynolds Publishing.

-Josh Barrer

Associate Editor

Published in: on February 14, 2013 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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