Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher was recently reinstated and plans to help other military personnel battle unjust war charges now that his legal nightmare is over.
Gallagher—who was exonerated for the murder charge of an ISIS terrorist and convicted only of posing by that terrorist’s corpse along with his unit—argues that the military justice system is “broken” and needs reform.
“It definitely is broken. It’s a system that needs to be fixed,” Gallagher said.
He said he’s going to start a nonprofit organization to help veterans who go through similar ordeals he has endured and then uses it as a platform to talk about justice reform in the military.
Gallagher is still in the process of establishing his nonprofit organization but plans to launch it in 2020.
Gallagher also said President Trump vowed to expunge Gallagher’s record so that he could honorably retire.
President Trump reinstated Gallagher’s rank late Friday, along with full pardons for army officers 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, both accused of killing Taliban bomb makers.
“Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified,” the White House statement said on Friday.
Gallagher was acquitted of murder on July 2, an indictment against him for the killing of an ISIS terroist in Mosul, Iraq, in May 2017. The acquittal came after Petty Officer Corey Scott had admitted that he covered the ISIS fighter’s breathing tube to suffocate him—and under the privilege of immunity granted by the government.
Gallagher and 10 others from Alpha Platoon, SEAL Team 7 were later photographed near the body, but Gallagher was the only one to be charged with the crime.
Gallagher was sentenced to reduced ranks from an E7 to an E6, forfeiture of partial pay for four months, and four months incarceration, which he already served during nearly a year of pretrial confinement that President Trump intercepted.
Naval Operations Chief Adm. Mike Gilday had decided to uphold the sentence, refusing Gallagher’s application to retire as an E7, but prevented him from retiring as an E1, a usually automatic outcome in compliance with Navy regulations.
According to the report, if Gallagher retired at the demoted rank of E6, he would’ve lost an estimated $200,000 in retirement funds.