We often interact with Bowe Supporters who are from the U.K., Canada and Australia. It’s really great to know that Bowe has worldwide support. Like the United States, each of these countries has troops serving as members of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force.) Sometimes in Afghanistan service members from the U.S. work together with service members from the U.K.. Canada and Australia. With that in mind, we want to share a video with you. The soldiers singing together in the video are from the U.K. and the U.S.A. It’s called “Coming Home”. All of us who are supporters of SGT Bowe Bergdahl long for the day we can shout “He’s coming home!”
Bowe Supporters have worked very hard making signs and getting billboard space to raise awareness about Bowe. We want to keep everyone updated on the latest contributions that we are aware of.
One way you can make your own sign is by using the free template located on this website.
Many thanks to Lamar Advertising for their generous donation of billboard space for Bowe.
The following is a letter that Senator Kelly Ayotte has sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
“Ayotte Urges Defense Secretary to Redouble Efforts to Find Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl”
“Senate Armed Services Committee Member Has Demanded Pentagon Act With Urgency”
Jan 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following reports that the U.S. military has received a video showing that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may be alive, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is urging the Secretary of Defense to redouble efforts to locate the missing soldier, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan.
“This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family,” Ayotte wrote in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Senator Ayotte has repeatedly urged the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sgt. Bergdahl and bring him home – including writing two letters to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta requesting an update on the department’s actions. She also worked successfully to include language in the Senate Armed Services Committee report for the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which called on DoD to answer questions on the status of the search for Sergeant Bergdahl.
AYOTTE LETTER TO SECRETARY HAGEL:
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Dear Secretary Hagel:
I am writing to request an update on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to locate and bring home Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl.
On January 15, it was reported that a proof-of-life video featuring Sergeant Bergdahl was received by DoD. Can you please confirm whether this video exists and has been received by the Pentagon? If the reports are accurate, this video appears to provide hope that Sergeant Bergdahl may be alive.
This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.
Our men and women in uniform must know that if they are captured by the enemy, our nation will not rest until they are rescued.
I look forward to receiving your response. Thank you for your service to our country.
This is an easy thing to do for anyone who wants to help bring Bowe Bergdahl back home.
There are many ways one can speak out for Bowe. One way is to lend strength to his petition by signing it and sharing it with others. Sign and share, it’s as simple as that. An online petition makes it all the easier for those who wish to participate; it’s just a click away. And one shouldn’t forget that there are many who would want to participate- they just need someone to tell them about the petition and where to find it. You can tell them, you can speak out for Bowe.
A group of Bowe Supporters, spearheaded by Ellen Parker, have come together to begin a new petition which, when completed, will be sent to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The text of the petition is as follows:
Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl Pow: Find, Rescue, Return
- Signature goal: 100,000
- Target: Senate Armed Forces Committee, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry
- Sponsored by: Ellen Parker
We the undersigned demand that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, CJCS General Martin Dempsey and CIA Director John Brennan take all measures necessary to locate Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, secure his freedom and bring him home to the USA.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured while deployed to Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. We fervently believe that after four (4) years of captivity it is time for the Obama Administration to take any and all measures to return Sgt. Bergdahl to his family & country. Sgt. Bergdhal is reportedly held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network. Reports state that negotiations fell apart in March of 2012. We believe that now is the time to make his release a priority. It is time to find him and bring him home by any means necessary.
Don’t let Sgt. Bergdhal be left behind. Our motto is “We leave no man behind”, yet we are drawing down our troops in Afghanistan and have not secured the release of Sgt. Bergdahl. Once our troops are home, it will be much more difficult to seure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl. Now is the time to act!
Let the President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, CJCS General Martin Dempsey and CIA Director John Brennan know it is time to find Sgt. Bergdhal and bring him home.
For more information please go to Free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (petition 2013-05-1)
You can track the petition on Facebook at SGT Bowe Bergdahl POW: Find, Rescue, Return Updates Page.
You can help to raise awareness about Bowe’s plight while you spread the word about the petition. There is a free, downloadable FLYER that will help you to share petition related info.
Please help to bring Bowe home by signing and sharing this petition; this is an important thing to do. Be one of the 100,000 signatures that will be sent to Washington D.C. along with the message “Bring SGT Bowe Bergdahl Home NOW!”
Donnie Ray Hutson composed this original song for Bowe called “Bring Him Home”. Be sure to have your box of Kleenex handy- it’s a bit of a tearjerker.
During the 3 Days of Action and Prayer that are being held November 27-29, many Bowe Supporters are joining together to contact their Members of Congress by mail, email and telephone. Please add your voice by doing the same. Below are a few copies of letters that have been submitted by some Bowe Supporters. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a sample of a letter that you can use.
The Honorable Patty Murray
988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
Dear Senator Murray:
Army Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly three and a half years. I have closely followed the details of his situation for quite awhile now. I’m very concerned that he continues to be held captive. I know that I’m not alone in my concern. I realize that there are details that the general public doesn’t know that are likely going on in secrecy- I do hope so. I respectfully ask that you would be an advocate for Sergeant Bergdahl and that you would support every opportunity that would present itself to bring him home. Senator Murray, I’m counting on you to do this. Supporting Sergeant Bergdahl is the right thing to do.
The Honorable Saxby Chambliss
United States Senate
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1004
Dear Senator Chambliss,
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, I know that you are fully informed on the situation of Sergent Bowe Bergdahl. I have two sons serving in the United States Army. Having a child taken prisoner by hostile forces is one of the worst nightmares a parent could face. I have great compassion for Sergeant Bergdahl’s family as well as for Sergeant Bergdahl himself. I have read reports stating that there were negotiations for Sergeant Bergdahl’s release attempted earlier in the year but they fell through. In reading these reports, it seems to me, however, that obtaining Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is secondary to the desires to begin peace talks with the Taliban. It appears that Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is being used as a means to an end and not being viewed as a stand alone goal. By using Sergeant Bergdahl’s release as a means to an end, there runs a great risk that any effort or opportunity to obtain his release would become mired in political wranglings. Neither I nor thousands of other Americans who are advocating for Sergeant Bergdahl’s rescue want to see this happen. I am asking you to please keep Sergeant Bergdahl’s rescue a top-level priority and not secondary goal. I would also ask that you would publicly advocate for Sergeant Bergdahl and ask your fellow Congress Members to do the same. Please support every and all opportunities to obtain his release.
(email below to Representative Bill Huizenga of Michigan)
Dear Congressman Huizenga,
I would like to bring to your attention to the only American service member serving in Afghanistan who is being held captive by enemy forces. I’m quite sure that you have heard about him but I would like you to understand how important it is for you to publicly show your support for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I want to be confident that you will actively support efforts to gain his freedom and that you’ll urge your colleagues in Congress to do this also. This is very important to me as well as to many others who are seeking Sgt. Bergdahl’s release. Thank you.
(The following is directed to United States Representive Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey)
Honorable Robert E. Andrews,
SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive for 177 weeks = 1239 days = 29,736 hours = 3 yrs + 4 mo + 3 wks T O O L O N G He needs to come home and I am writing this letter with high hopes that when I voted for you, I did not misjudge the kind of man you are. Please do all in your power to help make this happen. Wake up the powers that be and have them realize that this man’s family needs him! Thank you for your time. Please help.
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator (last name):
As you are aware, Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl, United States Army, has been held captive by Taliban allied insurgents since 30 June 2009. Press releases by official representatives of both government and the military have stated that the search for Sergeant Bergdahl continues and that all that can be done to return him to the United States is being done. Unfortunately, given that Sergeant Bergdahl has been held captive by enemies of America for over three years, these assurances are beginning to ring hollow to those who are advocating for him. I understand that obtaining his release is challenging due the complexity of the situation that he is in. It is difficult to understand, however, why the force of the most powerful nation in the world has failed to accomplish his release. This failure sends a terrible message to all who serve in America’s Armed Forces as well as to their families and to the Nation as a whole. The hundreds of thousands of supporters of Sergeant Bergdahl across our country have been waiting for real results in the effort to bring him home yet have been sadly disappointed. We are seeking the committed and visible support by our Members of Congress in the effort to obtain Sergeant Bergdahl’s release.
Senator (name), it is my sincere hope that you will support any opportunity that might present itself to obtain Sergeant Bergdahl’s release. Further, I would hope that any political differences between parties that could affect him negatively would be set aside for his sake- his life depends on it. I also ask that you educate your entire staff about Sergeant Bergdahl’s plight. Further, please share his story with as many people as you are able to. Finally, please encourage your colleagues in Congress to also actively support Sergeant Bergdahl and to support any opportunity to gain his freedom. This young soldier needs your voice as he cannot speak for himself. I am counting on you to do these things because they are the right thing to do.
(your full name)
(your phone number)
For more tips on how to contact your Members of Congress and for the phone number that you can call to leave a message for them, please follow HERE.
Follow HERE to find out who your Members of Congress are. Click on the name that you want and it will take you to a page that lists contact info for that person.
Please JOIN Bowe’s 3 day event and show your support. Please INVITE everyone you know to join us all in our effort to bring Bowe home. This is an “anywhere you are event” so nearly everyone can be involved. Follow HERE to the event page on Facebook.
You’re invited to join other Bowe Supporters for a special “anywhere you are and everywhere you are event.” What is an “anywhere you are and everywhere you are event”? It’s an event that you can be part of exactly where you are. You can participate at your kitchen table while in your pajamas if you want to! This means that almost everyone can be involved in some way.
The name of the event is “SGT Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW *ANYWHERE YOU ARE* 3 Days of Action & Prayer” and it runs from November 27th through 29th. It is being coordinated through Facebook but you don’t need to be on Facebook to participate in it. Even people who don’t use a computer can help to achieve the goals of the event!
With the recent elections, it is very important for our newly elected Members of Congress to understand that there are hundreds of thousands of Bowe Supporters who are working hard to bring Bowe home. It’s also important to remind those who are returning to Congress of the same thing. Our nationally elected officials must know that we are all expecting them to keep Bowe’s rescue a top-level priority and that we are watching to see that they do.
During the 3 Days of Action and Prayer, we’re all joining together to contact our Members of Congress. There are four ways to do this. We can call or email during those days, we can write letters that will arrive at our Congressional Members’ offices during the same period or shortly thereafter. We can also speak with our elected officials face-to-face. We must make them understand that “IT’S TIME TO BRING BOWE HOME!” Please follow HERE to find more information about how to contact Congress and how to locate the contact information for your Congressional delegation.
Another goal of the event is to raise awareness about Bowe’s captivity. Further, part of this particular goal is to encourage those who are just learning about Bowe to translate their awareness into action. We must always remember that while it is very important to tell as many people as possible about Bowe, people must be willing to contact their elected officials and continue to spread the word about Bowe’s plight.
Less than four weeks after this event, many will be celebrating Christmas; the New Year will be following closely behind. The last Christmas that Bowe was able to spend with his family was in 2008. Every year thereafter he has been held captive by those who would delightfully steal the freedom of all Americans. This is a time for all of us to join together in prayer to ask that comfort would be brought to Bowe and his family during what is sure to be an especially difficult time. One can only imagine how painful it must be to have a beloved family member in Bowe’s situation. And it must be even more difficult during the Holidays. That empty place at the Holiday dinner table is a heartbreaking reminder that the Bergdahl family won’t be entirely whole until Bowe is back home where he belongs. Let’s all join together to stand strong for them. Let’s show our support so that the Bergdahl family will know that they are always in our thoughts and prayers. And for those who do not pray, please visualize Bowe home safe and sound with his family. Bowe needs all of the kindness and compassion that his supporters have to offer.
If we all join together, we can also do something a little extra that will send our message of support to Bowe’s family. Bowe’s Facebook page, “Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW” has nearly reached 10,000 members. Will you help to achieve that number by inviting the people you know to become a member of Bowe’s page? When his family members from all across the country look at the page, it will be uplifting for them to see that there are 10,000 standing strong for Bowe on the page alone. ONLY YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN! Follow HERE to go to Bowe’s page.
Working together, we can raise awareness about Bowe’s plight. Keep an eye out for opportunities to tell his story. It might be at work, at school, at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office or on Facebook or Twitter. YOU are his voice- he cannot speak for himself.
Follow HERE to the event page on Facebook so that you can JOIN and show your support. Please INVITE everyone you know to be part of Bowe’s event. If you are on Facebook, you have the option of inviting your friends by using the invite button in the upper right side of the page.