Big cash — from greater than 27,000 donors to date — is pouring in for a US Marine thrown within the brig after he slammed his superiors over the botched withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Lt. Col Stuart Scheller, 40, a father of three and a Bronze Star recipient, has been caught in solitary confinement at Camp LeJeune.
Scheller went viral after he criticized America’s exit from Afghanistan in a collection of movies. He can communicate to his legal professional however his dad and mom, Stuart Sr. and Cathy, mentioned they have been solely allowed to talk to him simply as soon as, for 90 seconds, final week.
A listening to to determine whether or not or not the navy throws the e-book at Scheller, a 17-year veteran, or releases him is scheduled for Oct. 5. But the Schellers advised The Post Saturday the listening to is closed to civilians and the media, and so they don’t know what to anticipate.
“He’s in a cell with no books, no phone no nothing,” Cathy Scheller mentioned. “We’re heartbroken over this and so is he. We love America and we are so shocked at what we’re learning about what the new military is like in this country.”
But there’s a silver lining for Scheller’s frantic dad and mom: Veterans from the US and in overseas international locations, some who mentioned they’re on low mounted incomes and a few who’re additionally disabled, have donated greater than $2 million to date to a fundraiser organized by the Pipe Hitter Foundation in his title, the bulk writing checks for small quantities.
Someone named Raymond donated $52.53.
“I’m a WWII vet just trying to help,” he wrote.
“Grunt brothers for life,” vowed Frank Linehan, who gave $26.27.
Another man named Frank gave $25. “I’m an Air Force veteran from 1959. Stay strong and don’t give up”
“Brass balls are worth supporting,” mentioned a donor who known as himself “Black Market Marvel.”
The Pipe Hitter basis was based by former Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher.
In the preliminary Aug. 26 video that went viral on Facebook, Scheller ripped into navy management following the devastating suicide bombing on the Kabul airport, which killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans.
Following the impassioned spiel, Lt. Col. Scheller introduced he was resigning his fee and strolling away from a $2 million pension after 17 years of service. He then posted two extra movies.
He later introduced he was ordered to bear a psychological well being screening.