Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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You want to meet the man who killed Bin Laden.

"We all wrote letters. I had my s****y little room and I'm sitting on my Pelican case with all my gear, a manila envelope on my bed, and I'm writing letters to my kids. They were to be delivered in case of my death, something for them to read when they're thirty-five. I have no idea what I said except I'm explaining everything, that it was a noble mission and I hope we got him. I'm saying I wish I could be there for them.

"And the tears are hitting the page, because we all knew that none of us were coming back alive. It was either death or a Pakistani prison...

"You write it, it's horrible, you hand it off, and it's like, Okay, that part's over. And I'm back, ready to roll.
"

The member of SEAL Team 6 who killed Osama Bin Laden speaks -- as anonymously as possible -- about his career, his SEAL teammates, his family, the May 2011 raid, and its aftermath on his life. And the Esquire article, by Phil Bronstein, addresses the larger issues of how little of a financial safety net this man and his compatriots have as they try to re-enter civilian life.

A long piece, worth reading. Link via terri_osborne's Facebook.
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