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On July 30, 2009, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho was captured by the Taliban in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban have recently stated that they want to exchange Sgt. Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners presently held at Guantanamo Bay. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the one and only POW of these wars. He is utterly alone in his captivity. At the time of his capture he was serving with 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Bowe Bergdahl has been a POW for over four years now. Over those years occasional videos have been published by the Taliban showing that he is still alive. Most recently, his family received a letter reported to be from him. Though the letter was highly redacted, the family says that it appears to be in his handwriting.
The demands of the Taliban, and their use of Bergdahl in this fashion, defy all international laws concerning prisoners of war. This is a very critical time for this POW. Our troops are no longer in Iraq and the remaining forces in Afghanistan will soon be leaving there. It is the duty of the military and or our government to do what is necessary, within the bounds of justice and morality, to return Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to his home and his family. We must write letters to our representatives, Senators, the President, The Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon. Let them know that we will not allow Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be forgotten.