Speaking out for Bowe: Who to contact? Here’s some info that will help you.

2013 NATIONAL POW*MIA  DAY

This following was just reported by CNN:

“No negotiating with terrorists” versus “Leave no soldier behind.”

“With the long war in Afghanistan winding down, the plight of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has left the U.S. government trying to reconcile those two longstanding credos in a bid to win the freedom of the only American solider held as a captive.

Bergdahl has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009. Extremely sensitive discussions are under way with intermediaries overseas to see if there is any ability to gain his release, a U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.”
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NOW is a really important time to let your voice be heard in Washington D.C. about these discussions.

Make it a priority to contact the following:

President Obama (CONTACT HERE)

Secretary of State Kerry (CONTACT HERE)
OR at
U.S. Department of State
Attention: Secretary John Kerry
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20520

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (CONTACT HERE)
OR at
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

As we’ve already seen, the Senate & House Armed Services Subcommittees on Personnel can play a really big part in making or not making discussions such as mentioned in the CNN article succesful. If your Members of Congress are on the following list, it’s very important that you contact them to let them know your opinion.

SENATE ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL (DEALS WITH POW/MIA ISSUES) MEMBERS (Senators)

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (NY)
Hagan, Kay R. (NC)
Blumenthal, Richard (CT)
Hirono, Mazie K. (HI)
Kaine, Tim (VA)
King, Angus S. (ME)
Levin, Carl (MI)
Graham, Lindsey (SC)
Ayotte, Kelly (NH)
Blunt, Roy (MO)
Lee, Mike (UT)

HOUSE ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL (DEALS WITH POW/MIA ISSUES) MEMBERS (Representatives)

Joe Wilson (SC)
Walter B. Jones (NC)
Joseph J. Heck, (NV)
Austin Scott (GA)
Brad R. Wenstrup, (OH)
Jackie Walorski (IN)
Chris P. Gibson (NY)
Kristi L. Noem, (SD)
Susan A. Davis, (CA)
Robert A. Brady, (PA)
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU)
Iowa David Loebsack (IA)
Niki Tsongas (MA)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH)

Also, if any of your Members of Congress are on the following lists, please be sure to get a message to them letting them know that you hope that they will support all efforts and opportunities to bring Bowe back home to his family.

ALL SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Carl Levin (MI)  Senator (MI)
Jack Reed (RI) Senator
Claire McCaskill (MO) Senator
Mark Udall (CO) Senator
Kay R. Hagan (NC) Senator
Joe Manchin III (WV) Senator
Jeanne Shaheen (NH) Senator
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY) Senator
Richard Blumenthal (CT) Senator
Joe Donnelly (IN) Senator
Mazie K. Hirono (HI) Senator
Tim Kaine (VA) Senator Biography
Angus King (ME) Senator
James Inhofe (OK) Senator
John McCain (AZ) Senator
Jeff Sessions (AL) Senator
Saxby Chambliss (GA) Senator
Roger F. Wicker (MS) Senator
Kelly Ayotte (NH) Senator
Deb Fischer (NE) Senator
Lindsey Graham (SC) Senator
David Vitter (LA) Senator
Roy Blunt (MO) Senator
Mike Lee (UT) Senator
Ted Cruz (TX) Senator

ALL HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (CA) Representative
Mac Thornberry (TX) Representative
Walter B. Jones (NC) Representative
J. Randy Forbes (VA) Representative
Joe Wilson (SC) Representative
Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ) Representative
John Kline (MN) Representative
Mike Rogers (AL) Representative
Trent Franks (AZ) Representative
Bill Shuster (PA) Representative
K. Michael Conaway (TX) Representative
Doug Lamborn (CO) Representative
Robert J. Wittman (VA) Representative
Duncan Hunter (CA) Representative
John Fleming (LA) Representative
Mike Coffman (CO) Representative
E. Scott Rigell (VA) Representative
Chris P. Gibson (NY) Representative
Vicky Hartzler (MO) Representative
Joseph J. Heck (NV) Representative
Jon Runyan (NJ) Representative
Austin Scott (GA) Representative
Steven M. Palazzo (MS) Representative
Mo Brooks (AL) Representative
Richard B. Nugent (FL) Representative
Kristi L. Noem (SD) Representative
Paul Cook (CA) Representative
Jim Bridenstine (OK) Representative
Brad R. Wenstrup (OH) Representative
Jackie Walorski (IN) Representative
Bradley Byrne (AL) Representative
Adam Smith (WA) Representative
Loretta Sanchez (CA) Representative
Mike McIntyre (NC) Representative
Robert A. Brady (PA) Representative
Robert E. Andrews (NJ) Representative
Susan A. Davis (CA) Representative
James R. Langevin (RI) Representative
Rick Larsen (WA) Representative
Jim Cooper (TN) Representative
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU) Representative
Connecticut Joe Courtney (CT) Representative
David Loebsack (IA) Representative
Niki Tsongas (MA) Representative
John Garamendi (CA) Representative
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA) Representative
Colleen W. Hanabusa (HI) Representative
California Jackie Speier (CA)Representative
Ron Barber (AZ) Representative
Andre Carson (IN) Representative
Carol Shea-Porter (NH) Representative
Daniel B. Maffei (NY) Representative
Derek Kilmer (WA) Representative
Joaquin Castro (TX) Representative
Tammy Duckworth (IL) Representative
Scott H. Peters (CA) Representative
William L. Enyart (IL) Representative
Pete P. Gallego (TX) Representative
Marc A. Veasey (TX) Representative

SGT Bowe Bergdahl: Sen Ayotte Calls on Sec of Defense Hagel to Redouble Efforts to Find Him

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.

SOURCE

BOWE BERDGDAHL PROOF of LIFE!: What can his supporters do now?

2014 1JAN 16 PofL Contact CongressNow 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!”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/world/asia/us-prisoner-video/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/15/22315644-us-has-recent-proof-of-life-video-of-pow-bowe-bergdahl

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/15/us-military-obtains-new-video-american-soldier-held-in-captivity-official-says/?intcmp=latestnews

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO? READ ON:

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!

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)

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