Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Deeply Suspect SEAL Claims

Reading the posting yesterday, when it first hit, the first thought I had as to what really was misinformation was an attempt to market an upcoming book. My guess, only, the author of the piece and not the SEAL. By hyping to anyone anything, especially in this age of gross misinformation, that many take as informed news, and make themselves look like fools because they're to lazy to actually find facts that can be done quickly, or informed political information. The big grifts by seasoned or new to the game grifters!

Some vets crying foul over SEAL's claims
12 February 2013 - Esquire's upcoming cover story profiling the U.S. Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden is being questioned by critics who say the magazine falsely claims the former SEAL Team 6 member has been denied health care since leaving the military.


But according to Stars and Stripes magazine, the claim about health care is wrong:

"Like every combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the former SEAL, who is identified in the story only as “the Shooter”, is automatically eligible for five years of free health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs."

Stars and Stripes contacted Bronstein, who told the paper that no one told the SEAL he was eligible for health care benefits. He also said that there wasn’t enough space in the Esquire article to, as Stars and Stripes put it, "explain that the former SEAL’s lack of health care was driven by an ignorance of the benefits to which he is entitled."

In the Esquire piece, Bronstein also states that the SEAL was not given a pension. But according to the Stars and Stripes piece, no officer who serves less than 20 years gets a pension "unless he has to medically retire."

“Misinformation like this doesn’t help veterans,” Brandon Friedman, a former VA public affairs officer, told Stars and Stripes. “When one veteran hears in a high-profile story that another veteran was denied care, it makes him or her less likely to enroll in the VA system.” read more>>>

Any veteran, including us oldsters, who doesn't know their benefits from the still grossly underfunded VA, especially this generation, and after the past four year plus, has to be totally lacking in many abilities within.

Since Shinseki has been in and with those he brought onboard, along with the DoD, the Administration and it's Cabinet, have been fast tracking, that was totally lacking before, outsourcing information in a number of ways to reach any and all veterans, especially online. While the budget for has not grown enough as the people refuse to Sacrifice, not only as to their responsibility to the Veterans Community, a decade plus added to the previous decades and wars of, but even to pay for these two wars!

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