Sgt Bowe Bergdahl turns 28 years-old today.

SGT Bowe Bergdahl 28th birthday

 

Today is Bowe’s 28th birthday. While birthdays are typically a cause for celebration, the thought that Bowe has now seen five birthdays come and go while in captivity is heartbreaking. This is why today, Bowe’s birthday, is a day of solemness. We reflect on it in our own way and it motivates us all differently for different reasons. But in the end what we all want, what we pray for, is that Bowe will soon return home to his family, to the place that is safe and familiar.

Maybe today we can all tell somebody that a friend who you’ve never met is having a birthday, that his name is Bowe Bergdahl. Tell them about Bowe and ask them to tell his story too. Today give Bowe the gift of your time. Dear Bowe Supporters, it’s YOU who stand in the gap for Bowe until he comes home. We are all waiting and advocating for Bowe until we can celebrate his homecoming.

Don’t forget that you can leave a message of support for Bowe and his family by signing the Guest Book here on supportbowe.org. The Guest Book entries are being saved so that when Bowe gets home, they’ll always be there for him to read.  Follow this LINK to the Guest Book if you’d like to add your name to it.

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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

Bowe Bergdahl Billboards to Raise Awareness About His Plight

Bowe Bergdahl BillboardBowe 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.

Bowe BERGDAHL SIGN template
Bowe Bergdahl sign Detroit

 

If you’d like to try your hand at getting a billboard going, follow here:

 

Follow the links below to find out about  some of the latest billboards.
2014 1JAN BILLBOARD for Bowe San Diego youtube

SAN DIEGO, CA (video)

 Idaho Berdahl Billboard

 

2014 1JAN BILLBOARD for Bowe Jacksonvill, NC

Jacksonville, NC (article & photo)
 
Many thanks to Lamar Advertising for their generous donation of billboard space for Bowe.

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

SGT Bowe Bergdahl petition at We the People on the White House website

SGT Bowe Bergdahl White House petition

Support SGT Bowe Bergdahl: Sign his petition today!

We have been given information about a new petition for SGT Bowe Bergdahl that has been started at We the People on the White House website.  By way of social media, the Bergdahl family has publicly supported this specific petition. Please help Bowe by signing it as soon as you can. The time to collect all the signatures is short so we all need to share it with as many people as we can right away. Here are the goals that have to be met:
  • To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days. To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
ABC News Reports:
“Bowe Bergdahl: Missing G.I.’s Dad Launches White House Petition To Free Prisoner Son”
  • “His petition, on the heels of a reported new video of the missing G.I., is a general call to “take action to secure the release, or rescue, or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, using all means available, including force.”

READ the rest of the story.

RELATED ARTICLE:  “Online petitioners want 100,000 signatures to ‘Bring Home Bowe”

LINK HERE  to SIGN an SHARE the petition.

PLEASE NOTE:  Occasionally people have had problems signing up for the petition or confirming their registration info via their email.  We have been told by a few Bowe Supporters that the White House web security system sometimes will not allow sign-ups from some people who are using their mobile phones.  Some have also found it difficult to click on the emailed confirmation link that redirects back to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/.  Sometimes when that happens one needs to be sure that their pop-up blocker isn’t preventing the redirect.  Another solution might be to cut and paste the confirmation link into the url address bar of your browser.  There is also a FAQs page on the White House website at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/how-why/frequently-asked-questions.  This is all the information that we can offer regarding problems with creating an account or signing the petition.  If we find out more, we’ll add it here.

You are invited to join with other Bowe Supporters on Facebook at Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW.  It would be great to see you there!