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.

 

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: Handover from Taliban to U.S. Special Forces

While this video is still being reviewed by the Pentagon for authenticity (at the time of this post), a Pentagon spokesperson said it appears the video is indeed that of  the  handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban to members of the United States Special Forces.  The video was originally obtained from a Jihadist website.  In the video, Bowe seems slightly confused about the event that is taking place.  One can see how much he has aged during the five years that he was held captive.  In the video, Special Forces members are seen to quickly accept the transfer of  Bowe and then hurry him to the waiting Black Hawk helicopter.  Before Bowe is released, one of the Taliban fighters warns him “Don’t come back to Afghanistan.”  The entire handover only takes seconds. The handover reportedly took place in Khost Province in Eastern Afghanistan near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow HERE to read more about the handover and to watch the video

 

 

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: Freedom, day one, two, three in the news

2014 6JUNE 1 Boise news conference kboi2

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

 Bowe Bergdahl RELEASED Hailey reacts (video)

“Sgt. Bergdahl’s hometown reacts with tears of joy”

Watch video comments and hear from residents of Hailey, Idaho

See Channel 3000 video for more comments.

Bowe Bergdahl in Germany

 

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.”

Read more

 

Bob and Jani Bergdahl at White House press conference

See NBC News VIDEO of Bowe & Jani Bergdahl speaking in the White House Rose Garden about Bowe’s release.

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.

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl held prisoner by the Haqqani network

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

 

2014 5MAY 31 Bob Jani Pres Obama after press conference

From 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

 

 

 

 

Balloon bunch RWB

 

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

 

 

 

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