Billboards across the U.S.A. welcome Bowe Bergdahl home!
Bob and Jani Bergdahl give a full news conference in Boise, Idaho. They address Bowe and give thanks to those who have supported Bowe and the Bergdahl family throughout Bowe’s period of captivity.
Watch the video at kboi2.com
Also read Bergdahl family speaks out about POW’s return at MSNBC.com
“Sgt. Bergdahl’s hometown reacts with tears of joy”
Watch video comments and hear from residents of Hailey, Idaho
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From the Associated Press:
“The U.S. soldier freed in Afghanistan after being held for nearly five years by insurgents has arrived at an American military hospital in Germany. It’s not immediately clear how long he will stay there before continuing to the United States.”
From NBC News:
President Barack Obama and the parents of newly freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl thanked the military and the country in an emotional Rose Garden press conference Saturday.
“We just can’t communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president,” father Bob Bergdahl said.
Read more and see video at NBC News of Bob and Jani Bergdahl speaking at the White House.
It was another day in nearly five years of captivity for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and he didn’t know what the 18 Taliban fighters had in store for him Saturday.
There, in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the heavily armed fighters turned Bergdahl over to U.S. military commandos.
The soldier’s plight had come to an end.
Within minutes he was airborne. The helicopter’s rotors whooped so loudly that Bergdahl couldn’t communicate clearly with the men on board.
So he grabbed a paper plate and wrote three characters: “SF?”
The men understood: Special Forces?
Read MORE at CNN
President Barack Obama, flanked by the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at the White House on Saturday, praised the diplomatic officials and troops who helped secure the release of the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war.
Read MORE at CNN
From the Idaho Statesman:
A truck circled the streets in downtown Hailey on Saturday morning carrying a sign with the news that residents had waited five long years to hear: Bowe Bergdahl had been set free.
The celebration began immediately.
Read MORE at the Idaho Statesman
Featured here is a new video of Senator Jim Risch of Idaho discussing Bowe with members of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Now with news of the recent proof of life video showing Bowe, it’s all the more important to get a hold of your Members of Congress and let them know that there are literally tens of thousands of Bowe supporters who are calling on them to TAKE ACTION and obtain Bowe’s release. How much longer must he wait for freedom! Let them know that America can no longer allow Bowe to remain in enemy hands! Our Members of Congress have a VERY large say as to how and when Bowe’s release will be obtained. Let them know that America is counting on the to do the right thing.
If you’ve never contacted your Members of Congress before and need to find out who they are or get their contact info, use this link and search using your zip code: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
If you are going to write by mail or email, you can see some sample letters here: http://supportbowe.org/contact-elected-officials/contacting-elected-officials-tips/
If you want to leave a message for them at their local office along with one in Washington DC, the phone number to the US Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.
In case you’re just now finding out about the proof of life video, here are the details according to three new sources:
“The United States has obtained a “proof of life” video of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and is the only U.S. service member held captive by enemy forces, officials said Wednesday.
The video — which was on a thumb drive intercepted by the U.S. last week — shows a frail, shaky Bergdahl making a reference to the recent death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, the officials said.”
“In the latest video received by the military, Bergdahl was speaking and appeared “gaunt,” the official told Fox News on Wednesday.”
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
Bergdahl strong, well-rounded and easy to talk to, friends say
“We cannot discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — we work to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely,” the spokesman said.”
His family, who received a letter from him last year via the Red Cross, issued a statement in response to the latest video.
“As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father,” the statement reads. “BOWE – If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”
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If you’re wondering what others are doing to raise awareness about Bowe, you might be interested in this photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302700829818923.74928.186446128111061&type=3
If you are interested in supplies that you can use to raise awareness about Bowe, follow this link (be sure to check out the free downloadable brochure): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.288017024620637.7225
It’s time to bring Bowe home!
Write/call your Members of Congress to get Bowe back home NOW! These drone strikes could possibly be very close to where Bowe is being held captive. (Find out how to contact your elected officials.)
From the Idaho Statesman:
Mullah Sangeen Zadran is listed by the U.S. State Department as the… “shadow governor” for Afghanistan’s Paktika Province and a commander of the Haqqani network. He was among six fighters killed Friday by a drone attack in the North Waziristan tribal district of Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.Zadran was also involved in the 2009 capture of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey. Read MORE
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Today is not just a day, it’s not just another day, it’s another year. What words can one use to describe something that’s so hard to understand? It’s not as if those who support Bowe don’t get it, they do. It’s more like, how does one absorb and communicate the concept of being held as a prisoner by enemy forces for 4 years- for 1,461 days? And that’s just the concept we’re talking about. The experience part, well let’s just say that it’s pretty much impossible to absorb the incomprehensible. Can we even begin to imagine the daily uncertainty of not knowing if you’ll ever return home- feeling helpless, waiting for a miracle? It’s a situation which is overwhelming to even think about. And what about those who are waiting back at home? How do they cope? They do cope, yes they do. They cope because they know that there is something, somebody, bigger than life’s circumstances. This understanding is where the hope grows. It’s the hope, you know, the hope is why you’re able to cope.
All of us who have come together to work to bring Bowe home are doing something that changes us. We started out wanting to do something for, to give something to, Bowe and his family. And before we knew it, we realized that they were giving to us. They allowed us to be part of what certainly must be the most challenging experience of their lives. We get to see their steadfast faith; we are witness to the grace with which they live their lives. We get to see what it looks like to live with hope in the face of seemingly overwhelming circumstances.
As we move from the end of the fourth year of Bowe’s captivity and into the beginning of the fifth, let’s all take a special moment to lift Bowe and his family up in prayer. And we do know that not everyone prays so if you don’t, please envision in your mind a happy and healthy Bowe back home in Hailey. Let’s all hold onto the hope that Bowe will be reunited with his family before another year has passed.
So we’ll all pull together and continue the mission into year five. We’ll tell Bowe’s story and we’ll invite people to join us in our work. We’ll hold our elected officials accountable in all matters concerning Bowe. We’ll each do these things in our own unique way. That’s the beauty of a grassroots effort; we each get to bring to the table those things that we’re the best at. And then we draw these things together, united, so we can achieve something that none of us could ever do alone. Most of all, we don’t give up; surely duty isn’t something that any of us would shirk. We carry on because we know that the mission isn’t over until the last man comes home.
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands ~ Acts 12:7
It was May of 2011 that they last had an update about Bowe. It had been over 2 years ago since the Taliban had released a video which contained the last known images of him while in enemy captivity.
Two years surely must seem an eternity to parents who wonder if their only son is alive in place thousands of miles away from home.
It is no surprise that Bob and Jani Bergdahl were overjoyed when they received a letter from Bowe through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Bob Bergdahl explained that although the letter had been scripted and redacted, he is certain that the letter was actually written by Bowe. He was relieved to know that Bowe was alive and fully functioning as of about two months ago, when the letter had likely been written.
The following is the Bergdahl Family’s official statement about Bowe’s letter as released by family spokesperson Col. Timothy Marsano of the Idaho National Guard:
“Through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son Bowe. Our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter, which gives us hope that Bowe is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. We thank the ICRC for all their assistance and support over these past four years. We want to also thank the many individuals, private groups and agencies who are working to support us and bring Bowe home. We hope Bowe’s captors will again consider his parents’ plea to release him, but in the meantime, we ask that you please continue to keep him in good health and allow him to keep corresponding with us.”
As a follow up to the delivery of Bowe’s handwritten letter, the International Committee of the Red Cross contacted Bowe’s family via email. The email explained:
“As part of it’s humanitarian mandate, the ICRC facilitates contact between detainees and their families across Afghanistan. We do so for detainees in Afghan prisons, for persons held by foreign forces but also for persons held by the armed opposition groups. We have regular contacts with all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan who accept the ICRC’s role as a neutral intermediary. The Red Cross Message service is available to all concerned families, including the family of Sergeant Bergdahl. To give you an sense of scale, we distribute some 25,000 humanitarian letters of this kind every year in Afghanistan alone. As regards dates of transmission and addressees of individual letters, you will understand that in the interest of the concerned detainees and families, we prefer not to share such details.”
Bowe’s Supporters are ecstatic about this latest development. The knowledge that there is new evidence that Bowe is alive has reinvigorated their determination to do everything possible to assist in bringing back home to his family in Hailey
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