Army Judge, Colonel Jeffrey Nance ruled in the Bowe Bergdahl sentencing that the former Sgt. now a private doesn’t have to serve any jail time. The judge in a surprising ruling, reduced Bergdahl to private, forfeiture of $1000 a month for 10 months and put him out of the service with a dishonorable discharge. The biggest question and one that will probably never be answered to anyone’s gratification is, “was justice done?”

Pvt. Bergdahl chose to walk away from his unit in Afghanistan, chose to seek out the Taliban, mailing most of his personal effects home to his parents. Telling them of his plan.  It was only after his return to the United States that his story changed. He was leaving his post to seek out his commander because of supposed issues within his unit. His story that he tried to escape and was tortured has never been questioned or verified. Self-serving? You be the judge.

His unit and others made a concerted effort to find him. Several soldiers were killed and injured. One of those soldiers, Master Sergeant Mark Allen was shot thru both temples and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. A Navy SEAL who also went on a rescue mission suffered wounds that force his separation from the service. Another soldier got hit with a rocket-propelled grenade and suffered permanent damage to his hand. But according to both his lawyers and the judge, Bergdahl had suffered enough. What about those three soldiers? Have they suffered enough? Apparently not to Bergdahl’s attorney, because their injuries were permanent. Was justice served?

Bergdahl walked off his post in 2009 and was scooped up by the Taliban within hours, and after his parents were the guests of the President, he traded five Taliban detainees in Guantanamo Bay to get Bergdahl back.

Because all dishonorable discharges are automatically reviewed, Pvt Bergdahl’s lawyers are already working on an appeal and as such, if his discharge status is changed, then the VA will be treating him for a variety of illnesses, including what is reported to be a schizotypal personality disorder, a schizophrenia-like condition, and post-traumatic stress disorder when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan.

His lawyer, Eugene Fidell read a statement outside the courtroom and said Bergdahl was grateful to those who had searched for him and worked to secure his release, plus “those good-hearted people who have expressed sympathy for his plight and have been willing to wait for the facts to emerge rather than relying on assumptions or politically inspired misinformation.”

In a report by NBC News, Fidell is already making his case for complete dismissal of charges which will change Bergdahl’s status. And he’s already trying his case in the court of public opinion, making light of Bergdahl’s desertion and trying President Trump for his comments about this case.

On the other hand, President Trump’s unprincipled effort to stoke a lynch-mob atmosphere while seeking our nation’s highest office has cast a dark cloud over the case,” he continued, referring to criticism Trump made about Bergdahl in the past.