February 15th, 2013
07:12 PM ET

Navy SEAL commander rebuts 'Shooter' claim

By Barbara Starr

The commander of all Navy SEALS is sharply critical of claims attributed to a man called "The Shooter," identified in a published report to have been the SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden but felt mistreated by the military when he left the service.

Esquire magazine's riveting account of the 2011 bin Laden raid in Pakistan was based on an interview with the former SEAL, who was not named but complained about losing his health care coverage when he left the Navy last year.

He was short of the full 20-year career required to receive such benefits.

"Concerning recent writing and reporting on 'The Shooter' and his alleged situation, this former SEAL made a deliberate and informed decision to leave the Navy several years short of retirement status," said Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command.

"Months ahead of his separation, he was counseled on status and benefits and provided with options to continue his career until retirement eligible. Claims to the contrary in these matters are false. That said, Naval Special Warfare and the Navy are prepared to help this former service member address health or transition issues, as we would with other former members," Pybus said.

The statement was made available to CNN by a military official who declined to be identified because it was not intended for public distribution.

The official said Pybus wrote it for members of the active duty and retired SEAL community after the Esquire article made headlines.

Pybus reiterated growing concerns by the most senior active duty SEALs that younger members are speaking out publicly about their experiences, which breaks with a tradition of silence about the secretive nature of their work.

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette also was criticized by his former commanders when he wrote the book "No Easy Day" about his involvement in the bin Laden mission in Pakistan.

"I am very disappointed with the few people who use their SEAL cachet for self-serving purposes, particularly through falsehoods and certainly when the safety and security of themselves and their active-duty teammates and families are put at risk," Pybus said.

"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. Most of our veterans with physical or mental health issues get some degree of health care, and we are actively pursuing even better options in this realm. I think we're doing the things that you would expect from a dedicated, disciplined and trusted force."

He also noted that the Naval Special Warfare unit has "bright and motivated people engaged in difficult, but satisfying, work."

They are very familiar with their compensation and options, he said, adding that SEAL and Coxswain operators draw hazard and danger pay and receive bonuses to re-enlist.

If they leave the service, he said, there are a number of programs aimed at easing transition or address health issues.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also disputed the claim that "The Shooter" had no health care access from the moment he left active duty.

soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. high energy pills

    http://www.kyoto-osaka.com/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=9143&url=https://energygopep.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  2. online life coach

    bookmarked!!, I really like your blog!

    http://www.response-o-matic.com/thank_you.php?u=https://menmastermind.com&t=Thank+you+for+your+submission

    May 18, 2021 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  3. Affordable Dental Near Me

    You made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

    http://traderulebook.ekon.go.id/rulebook/id?url=http://newportcenterdentalgroup.com/

    May 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  4. rv camper repair near me

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here on your blog.

    https://go.onelink.me/v1xd?pid=Patch&c=Mobile Footer&af_web_dp=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 18, 2021 at 3:49 am | Reply
  5. rv body repair near me

    http://adnet.infonet.com.br/get/ad.dll/click?codigo=2259&secao=460&url=http://ocrvcenter.com

    May 17, 2021 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  6. Maserati Recall

    Very good article. I am facing some of these issues as well..

    http://www.qatar.vcu.edu/?URL=maseratis.net/

    May 17, 2021 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  7. rv floor repair cost

    An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you should write more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don't talk about these topics. To the next! Cheers!!

    /

    May 17, 2021 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  8. nearest rv repair shop

    I used to be able to find good information from your articles.

    http://www.senwes.co.za/LinkTrack.aspx?i=Sat24LinkAF&url=http://www.johnvorhees.com/gbook/gbook.php?page=1629

    May 17, 2021 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  9. Maserati Classic

    May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover a person that really knows what they're talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people ought to check this out and understand this side of the story. I can't believe you're not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

    http://big5.jobcn.com/gate/big5/www.maseratiforum.net

    May 17, 2021 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  10. ocrv paint and service

    http://www.info-az.net/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=675&url=http://ingenieurleistungenreiter.de/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&t=2900?&limitstart=67100

    May 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  11. RV Steps Los Angeles

    https://www.pennergame.de/redirect/?site=https://cadcourt.com/get-the-most-from-college-using-these-expert-tips/

    May 17, 2021 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  12. Approved Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    https://mysteryscience.com/click/press-article?url=https://fleetservicesocrv.com/luxury-van-repair-shop-near-me

    May 17, 2021 at 9:04 am | Reply
  13. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Near Me

    http://sintesi.provincia.brescia.it/portale/LinkClick.aspx?link=https://boxtruckrepairshop.com/box-truck-dent-repair-shop-near-me

    May 17, 2021 at 7:56 am | Reply
  14. 2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this website needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

    http://www.macmillantc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=maseratiforum.net

    May 17, 2021 at 6:54 am | Reply
  15. Service B Mercedes Sprinter

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However I am going through difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anybody else getting similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://www.elahmad.com/url.php?url=fleetservicesorangecounty.com/technician-shop-near-me

    May 17, 2021 at 3:57 am | Reply
  16. Maserati Sedan

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I will revisit once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

    https://www.onlinefootballmanager.fr/forward.php?tid=4062&url=https://maseratis.net

    May 17, 2021 at 3:31 am | Reply
  17. Mb Sprinter Repair Shop

    This is the perfect website for everyone who would like to find out about this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject which has been discussed for a long time. Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

    http://aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/BANNER-MANAGEMENT/click.php?id=44&url=http://fleettruckrepairshop.com/sprinter-van-upgrades-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  18. 2003 Dodge Sprinter Repair

    I want to to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to check out new things you post…

    http://navi-mxm.dojin.com/cgi-bin/ys/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=3385&url=http://fleettruckrepairshop.com/box-truck-wrap-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  19. Eva Notty Maserati

    http://www.emiratesislamicbank.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://maseratiforum.net/

    May 16, 2021 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  20. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Service Center Near Me

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

    http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/gb/unigb/www.fleetvehiclerepairshop.com/sprinter-van-upholstery-shop-near-me

    May 16, 2021 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  21. Nercedes Sprinter Repair Near Me

    https://home.guanzhuang.org/link.php?url=https://commercialvanrepairshop.com/sprinter-van-repair-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  22. Dodge Van Frame Repair Kit

    I blog often and I really thank you for your content. Your article has really peaked my interest. I will take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

    http://info-az.net/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=675&url=https://fleetservicesorangecounty.com/van-alignment-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  23. Chrysler Tc Maserati

    http://www.showerfilters4less.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=maseratis.net

    May 16, 2021 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  24. Sprinter Rust Repair Panels

    https://pcinhk.com/discuz/uchome/link.php?url=https://fleetservicerepairshop.com/passenger-van-repair-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  25. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    Hello, I do think your web site could possibly be having browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent blog!

    http://forums.womenshealthmatters.ca/gynegals/index.php?app=analytics&module=analytics&controller=link&topic=115902&url=http://ingenieurleistungenreiter.de/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&limitstart=57260

    May 16, 2021 at 11:56 am | Reply
  26. Social Media Marketing Orange County

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It's always interesting to read through articles from other authors and use a little something from their websites.

    http://www.dolinaradosti.org/redirect?url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 6:46 am | Reply
  27. Internet Marketing Consultants Near Me

    http://www.pamragland.com/LinkClick.aspx?link=http://affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 4:14 am | Reply
  28. Digital Marketing Service

    I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your content. The article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to book mark your site and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.

    http://www.topbuildersolutions.net/clickthrough.aspx?rurl=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 16, 2021 at 3:56 am | Reply
  29. how to play on private aika server

    https://login.talend.com/logout.php?redirectUrl=http://aikareborn.com/wiki/unidentified_gear

    May 16, 2021 at 3:05 am | Reply
  30. Aika Wiki

    https://www.medknow.com/crt.asp?prn=20&aid=IJCCM_2015_19_4_220_154556&rt=P&u=https://aikareborn.com/wiki/hestia_dungeons/

    May 16, 2021 at 2:38 am | Reply
  31. Content Marketing Firms

    https://4ts.a2zhousing.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=https://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 16, 2021 at 1:22 am | Reply
  32. Seo Marketing Deal

    After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

    http://vinfo.ru/away.php?url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 1:18 am | Reply
  33. Internet Marketing Agencies

    http://www.atraf.com/?checkLogin=false&url=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 16, 2021 at 12:54 am | Reply
  34. best rv repair

    Hello there, I do believe your web site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, wonderful blog!

    https://www.iaai.com/VehicleInspection/InspectionProvidersUrl?name=AA Transit Pros Inspection Service&url=https://fleetservicerepairshop.com

    May 15, 2021 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  35. Internet Marketing Near Me

    Excellent web site you've got here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    http://www.forums.womenshealthmatters.ca/gynegals/index.php?app=analytics&module=analytics&controller=link&topic=115902&url=http://www.bestlocalnearme.com/

    May 15, 2021 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  36. how to paint a horse trailer

    http://p113831.typo3server.info/index.php?id=34&type=0&jumpurl=https://ocrv.vip/

    May 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  37. Maserati San Diego

    https://trainbit.com/changelang.aspx?returnurl=https://club-maserati.com/

    May 15, 2021 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  38. property for sale near me

    https://marianvarga.sk/scripts/redirect.php?https://meganleary.com

    May 15, 2021 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  39. custom shops near me

    I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you develop this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own blog and would love to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Thanks!

    https://eventlog.centrum.cz/redir?data=aclick1c68565-349178t12&s=najistong&v=1&url=http://ocrv.store

    May 15, 2021 at 11:11 am | Reply
  40. Eyeglasses Near Me

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me dinner simply because I discovered it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your site.

    https://www.site-navi.net/sponavi/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=890&url=https://www.arizonasvision.com/

    May 15, 2021 at 10:30 am | Reply
  41. Eye Surgeon Near Me

    After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

    http://pt.tapatalk.com/redirect.php?app_id=4&fid=8678&url=https://arizonasvision.com/

    May 15, 2021 at 5:35 am | Reply
  42. couch repair near me

    http://demo.cloudhostedresources.com/?id=7cde069d28fee9161e9475b01c2cf8cf&fullscreen=1&task=get&url=http://theocrv.com

    May 15, 2021 at 4:24 am | Reply
  43. orange county trailer

    https://www.tremblant.ca/Shared/LanguageSwitcher/ChangeCulture?culture=en&url=https://oc-rv.com

    May 15, 2021 at 12:49 am | Reply
  44. homes for sale coeur d alene idaho

    http://zdorov.online/goto.php?l=meganleary.com/

    May 14, 2021 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  45. Corneal Refractive Therapy

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of the website is very good.

    http://action.smartgrowthamerica.org/salsa/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=7&url=https://arizonasvision.com/

    May 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  46. Pediatric Eye Exam

    http://action.smartgrowthamerica.org/salsa/track.jsp?key=-1&url_num=7&url=https://arizonasvision.com/

    May 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  47. appliance store orange county ca

    https://monitor.clickcease.com/tracker/tracker?id=Tcmwi3RgKQiVSy&kw=yahoobacklinks&nw=g&url=http://ocrv.online/

    May 14, 2021 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  48. RV Shower Orange County

    https://takhlis.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.g.page/OCRVFleetServices

    May 14, 2021 at 11:37 am | Reply
  49. Sprinter Armrest Repair

    Very good post. I am experiencing some of these issues as well..

    http://southampton.ac.uk/~drn1e09/foaf/visualizer.php?url=https://commercialrepairshop.com/van-wrap-shop-near-me

    May 14, 2021 at 10:45 am | Reply
  50. remodeled rvs interior

    https://www.tapinto.net/newsletters/5bf3cd94a06be2548000001f/register_click?url=https://youtube.com/watch?v=BGFSGaM5kgY

    May 14, 2021 at 4:07 am | Reply
  51. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I discovered it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this topic here on your site.

    http://openforbusinessmagazine01.businesscatalyst.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://boxtruckrepairshop.com/sprinter-van-upgrades-shop-near-me

    May 14, 2021 at 3:44 am | Reply
1 2 3

Leave a Reply to earn passive income in 2021


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.