“What is much harder to understand is that a man with hundreds of successful war missions, one of the most decorated combat veterans of our age, who capped his career by terminating bin Laden, has no landing pad in civilian life.”
This piece profiles one of the Navy SEALs responsible for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. “The Shooter,” as the article refers to him, left the military having completed the most important mission in a decade with no prospects in civilian life. He is currently unemployed and pays for private health insurance to cover the injuries he sustained in the service. He represents the epitome of a prevalent and pressing problem – that we refer to our veterans with soaring rhetoric of appreciation but have little to show for it the way of smoothing their transition to life at home. Though the article as a whole builds slowly, I think the nut graf hints at this overarching theme, with the clever use of a military metaphor.
Now. Where is Philip Bronstein’s Peabody?