PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - September 11, 2001 was a life changing day for civilians, first responders and special war fighters like Scott Taylor.
"After 9/11 that prompted me to re-enlist, I had planned on getting out of the military," said Taylor.
Taylor found himself back on the front lines, surrounded by other SEALs; an elite, highly trained and specialized group.
"These guys are the best of the best," said Taylor.
While Taylor said he was not a member of SEAL Team 6 nor tasked with hunting down Osama bin Laden, he has first hand knowledge of the rigorous training that led to Bin Laden's successful capture and killing.
"Just like an NFL football team, they practice those plays over and over and over again until they're almost perfect at them," he explained.
Training that was likely fueled by adrenaline.
"I'm certain there was some excitement in their guts knowing that they were going to go over there, tasked specifically to take down Osama bin Laden," Taylor continued.
"It's really tedious to look for this guy and review intelligence for years and years, it's hard work," said Taylor.
Work he said can sometimes be lost on the general public. The ultimate victory clearly was not. Crowds gathered outside the White House and at Ground Zero, packing in plenty of patriotism.
"While this act doesn't right the wrong of the things that were committed with the families that have sacrificed so much for this country, they can stand proud knowing that in the end justice came with the impact of an American bullet," said Taylor.
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