Nearly a year after former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was found not guilty of murder in his war crimes court-martial, which was marred by prosecutorial misconduct and spying, Gallagher and his wife have launched the nonprofit Pipe Hitters Foundation. The nonprofit will assist military service members, first responders, and their families with legal support.

Gallagher and his wife, Andrea, first announced their intention to open such a non-profit back in February. 

Back on September 11, 2018, Gallagher was arrested and charged with war crimes, including the murder of an ISIS captive. He was confined for nearly eight months before his trial. Gallagher was eventually found not guilty of the most serious charges, and he was freed.

After this experience, the Gallagher family decided they wanted to help other service members and first responders who are facing legal hurdles and need help. 

The Pipe Hitter Foundation will provide financial support, including legal defense funds, advocacy for its clients through the public policymakers, and public affairs campaigns, the foundation said in a released statement.

“During our own personal ordeal, we pledged to those supporting us that if we overcame the injustices that were inflicted on Eddie and our family, we’d fight to help others,” Andrea Gallagher said.

“I was fortunate to have Andrea, my brother Sean and countless individuals dedicated to finding the best resources to help me during my personal case, but not everyone has that type of support,” Eddie Gallagher said in the foundation’s press release.

Gallagher came “dangerously close to being crushed by a military justice system corrupted by political correctness, careerism, and incompetence,” the foundation’s website states.