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Esquire cover story stirs controversy over veteran benefits

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A US Blackhawk army helicopter flies over the mountainous area of Gorbuz district, on the border with Pakistan in Khost province, east of Afghanistan on June 28, 2011. Gorbuz district is a strategic area where goods as well as insurgents cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan. TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

A cover story in Esquire magazine about a former Navy Seal is generating lots of controversy. According to the report, the unnamed Seal claims he was the man who actually killed Osama Bin Laden. The story was c0-reporterd with the Center for Investigative Reporting:

While there are questions about that claim, what's making waves is his allegation that, upon leaving the Navy after 16 years of service, they left him, in his words, "with nothing." No pension. No protection. No health care.

Almost immediately, people familiar with military benefits and the VA challenged those statements. One of them is Brandon Friedman, a combat veteran and a longtime activist for veterans rights. He's the author of a memoir about his service in Iraq and Afghanistan called "The War I Always Wanted."

 

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