Bowe is home; we did what we came to do

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is now safely back within the borders of the United States.  We are so grateful that he is no longer being held captive by those who desire to destroy America, by those who have a complete disregard for freedom and liberty.

We are grateful that our nation’s promise to “leave no man behind” has been fulfilled.

We started supportbowe.org because we too believe that the United States should not leave any member of the Armed Forces behind in enemy captivity. We believe that every service member should know that there are those who will stand up for them and make their case known. We believe that no matter the circumstances, our country does not pick and choose which Americans are worthy of rescue; tireless, unwavering effort must be made to rescue anyone who is held prisoner by enemy forces.

We want all Americans to know that there are men and women who are committed to upholding their freedom. Our work to raise awareness about Bowe has also been an effort to raise awareness in the general public about those fellow Americans who are serving in the Armed Forces. Less than 0.5 percent of the population serves in the Armed Forces.  The disconnect between those who serve and the general population is profound.  It is appalling that so many Americans are oblivious to the cost of war.

Those of us who founded supportbowe.org to bring attention to Bowe Bergdahl’s plight are no strangers to the cost of war, we have each lost someone dear to us because of it.  Among us are some who are still waiting for a closure that will only happen when the remains of a lost loved one are brought home and properly put to rest. We understood so much of what the Bergdahl family was suffering that we could not ignore them in their time of need. We sought to give them the support a family in their situation would find comforting. In doing so, we also hoped to send a message to any family who would find themselves in the same situation that they would not be left to suffer alone.

This effort has allowed us to become acquainted with thousands of good people who have been willing to speak out on behalf of an American soldier who was held prisoner by enemy forces. We are blessed to have worked together with them on Bowe’s cause.  We are also blessed to know that hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans, as well as people from around the world, are willing to step up and stand strong for a member of America’s Armed Forces during his time of need.

Bowe is home; what we set out to do is done. This is our final post on supportbowe.org.  For the time being, we’ll continue to post any important updates to the “Waiting and Advocating for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl… ” Facebook page. Our prayers will continue for Bowe and his family as this next chapter begins.

May God bless all who serve and have served to keep America free. And may God bless America.

San Antonio, TX. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back in American.

June 2014, San Antonio, TX. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now back in the U.S.A. after 5 years in captivity.

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SGT Bowe Bergdahl lands on U.S. soil

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl arrived in Texas early Friday, 13 June, returning to the U.S. after spending nearly five years as a captive of Taliban-aligned insurgents in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon confirmed around 3:35 a.m. ET that Sergeant Bergdahl had landed in San Antonio.  He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he will continue treatment initiated at a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He’d been recuperating there since May 31, the day he was released by the Haqqani network.

Officials at an afternoon press conference described Sergeant Bergdahl’s condition as stable. “We’re pleased with his physical state. He was able to walk into the hospital in a functional manner. We’re going to be planning more comprehensive testing,” said Col. Ronald Wool, admitting physician at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Army doctors say Sergeant Bergdahl is getting better physically, but needs more time to recover emotionally and psychologically after being held captive for five years. He will not make any public appearances during this phase of his reintegration, and the Pentagon said there would be no media access to his stay.

“Our first priority is making sure that Sgt. Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Kirby added that there was “no timeline” for Bergdahl’s reintegration process.

Maj. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo told reporters he’d seen Bergdahl for approximately 60 seconds. They exchanged salutes and the soldier “looked good … had good deportment,” DiSalvo said.

This next phase of his recovery will likely not be as intense as what he underwent at the U.S. military hospital in Germany, Chris Heben, a former Navy SEAL commenting on the case.

“Emotionally, it’s probably almost surreal for him,” Heben said. “He’s back in the U.S., and he’s no longer under that intense microscope where he was at Landstuhl from a medical standpoint of psychiatric evaluation”

Sergeant Bergdahl’s full physical recovery may take months; his public rehabilitation will likely take longer.

The Bergdahl family, meanwhile, has asked for continued privacy in a statement released Friday on their behalf by military officials.

“While the Bergdahls are overjoyed that their son has returned to the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl don’t intend to make any travel plans public,” the statement reads. “They ask for continued privacy as they concentrate on their son’s reintegration.”

Sergeant Bergdahl has not yet spoken to his family and his parents were not present for his arrival. “It isn’t over for us,” Bergdahl’s father, Bob, told reporters last week. “In many ways, it’s just beginning for Jani and I, and our family. There’s a long process here.”

Sgt.  Bowe Bergdahl arrived in Texas on 13 June 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives in Texas early Friday, 13 June, returning to the U.S. after spending nearly five years as a captive of Taliban-aligned insurgents in Afghanistan.