SGT Bowe Bergdahl now 4 years and 4 months captive

BOWE 4 Years & 4 Months Captive

From the New York Times:

Even in Washington, officials acknowledge that once American forces depart, the Taliban likely will gain ground, at least in rural areas. And the competence of Afghanistan’s 350,000-member security force remains in doubt, even after a $40 billion investment in American weaponry and training. Although Afghan forces appear to have mostly held their own against the insurgency in the recent fighting season, they made no significant gains and suffered what some officials said were heavy casualties.1

Is this the type of sitution that we are willing to accept for Bowe at the end of the 2014 troop withdrawl? The answer is a resounding NO! The next year will be here and gone before we know it. This is why we must make every moment count in the effort to bring Bowe home.

1“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” The New York Times. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.”

 
 
 

Bowe Bergdahl captor killed in drone strike

2010 Bowe Bergdahl with Taliban commander Maulawi Sanginn l
 
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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BOWE TUESDAY 215: No man left behind?

Isn’t it time to bring U.S. Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl home?

BOWE TUES 215

As of Tuesday 13 August 2013 SGT Bergdahl has been a prisoner of Taliban-allied forces for 215 weeks!

215 weeks = 1505 days = 36,120 hours

4 years + 1 month + 2 weeks

CAPTIVE!!!

Call your Members of Congress today!  Go to their websites for local contact info or leave a message in Washington D.C. for them.  The D.C. number is (202) 224-3121.  Tell them that you support SGT Bowe Bergdahl and that you’re concerned that there has not been enough done to bring him home.  Tell them that you are counting on them to support all opportunities to obtain his release.  Tell them that you want to be sure that they are keeping his release a top level priority. 

If you want to verify who your Members of Congress are, follow this LINK and use your zip code in the search box

Bowe is counting on YOU.

A Letter Home! : Bowe Bergdahl’s family is overjoyed.

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.

Bowe Bergdahl official; effect

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

You can join Bowe’s supporters on Facebook at Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW.

Supporting Bowe Bergdahl: Events Planned

2013 4APRIL 3 BOWE EVENTS

Bowe Supporters have reported that they’ve planned the following events to support Bowe:

IMPORTANT: Information is current at the time of posting. Please double check for any changes to the event description and times in advance of attending the event.

(click on the event title to reach event information)

POW/MIA Freedom March on April 9 in Washington DC

8th Annual Sweet-Ola Ride/BBQ and Auction on April 28 in Boise Valley, ID

Bring Bowe Home 5K Run/Ruck March on May 4 in Plano, TX

Oregon/Washington 4th National Armed Forces Freedom Ride on May 18 in Vancouver, WA 

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl tree planting and fund raiser on June 22 in Hailey, ID

Elko POW*MIA Awareness Walk & Ride for Bowe on June 29-30 in Elko, NV

Contact Congress During the 3 Days of Action and Prayer for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

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.

Sincerely,

Karen P.

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.

Respectfully,

James H,

(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.

Sincerely,

Cynthia J.

(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.

Florence G.

SAMPLE LETTER:

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.

Respectfully,

(your full name)

(your address)

(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.

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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.