msnbc | February 17, 2013
>>> it was one of the most important american military operations ever. but the elite forces that killed osama bin laden will never have a homecoming parade. they will never publicly receive a medal. that is the way it is supposed to be. the navy s.e.a.l. that actually killed osama bin laden reveals they will not receive benefits or protection. it is causing many to question how america treats its troops. joining me now is former navy s.e.a.l. brandon webb . glad to have you here.
>> your reaction before we get to the details. having this former navy s.e.a.l. speak out about the shooting of osama bin laden .
>> i personally through there is a motive why he would talk to "esquire." it puts the community and puts us in a bad light. it comes off as a bit of whining, so to speak. i think the shooter had a motive to talk to "esquire." he got a little more than he bargained for. i doubt he wanted it to be framed up the way it did. the issue that is important is there is a problem in the military where we have probably one of the largest transition periods since vietnam. we have veterans coming back and transitioning from active duty to civilian life. there is plenty of opportunities at the veteran affairs level, the transition process is a one-week of half day classes to prepare you to go back to civilian life. a lot of guys that need help are falling through the cracks .
>> you can imagine. what about things like health insurance ? there is a discussion how he had health insurance . one that could help bridge that gap before he had to take it on himself. it was blue shield or something insurance. they don't offer that?
>> the thing people need to know about this particular person is that he could have stayed four years. his command and the community encouraged him to finish his four years.
>> not with his team?
>> no, there is some political drama at the group these days. much more than the command would like to admit.
>> as a result of the killing of osama bin laden ?
>> yes. it was put on the national stage and i think the navy and s.e.a.l. community has done a little too good a job of putting themselves out there in the press. now there is a massive amount of interest in the s.e.a.l. community. you have the historic mission that the bin laden raid was. you have the guy who shot osama bin laden and he is under a tremendous amount of pressure and that is tough to bear.
>> he could have stayed on for four years and got a partial pension once he got out. he could have stayed for 14 years and gotten more.
>> and full health care benefits for himself and family if he does four more years.
>> this is a guy who has to live with the trauma of shooting osama bin laden . that "esquire" piece does a job of the instant when he realized who was standing in front of him. you have to understand why we are fascinated by it.
>> i can understand. it is one of those things that the journalist that did that "esquire" piece, he did not understand the way the military works and retirement benefits.
>> and what about this individual's concern about retaliation? he talks about his wife knowing how to shoot a gun. he talks about teaching his children to go hide in bathtubs in anything happens. who should be living with that without having some assistance getting your family through?
>> that is an entirely different subject. anyone on that particular raid should be taken care of when it comes to security and security of their family. i, myself, have received death threats. it's a very real threat that i don't think a lot of people take into account. this guy and the guys of the group are heroes. there is no doubt about that. they are in a very tough situation when it comes to security. who wouldn't? what jihadist wouldn't want it?
>> absolutely. you talk about that -- you are a former navy s.e.a.l. i appreciate your time and service and your