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.

 

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 TURNS 27: Still held captive by America’s enemies.

SGT Bowe Bergdahl Birthday 2013 © supportbowe.org & LMD

Today is the twenty-eighth day of March.  Twenty-seven years ago today Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born into a loving family living in a small town in rural Idaho.  Life was good in Idaho and Bowe grew up to become a kind, intelligent, adventurous young man.

Fast forward to today.  Bowe’s family still lives in Idaho and they still love him dearly.  Bowe, however, is being held captive somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan by insurgents who are allied with the Taliban.

While it’s shocking enough to learn that a United States Army soldier has been taken prisoner by those who are fighting against America, it’s even more shocking to know that one has been held captive for nearly four years.  As of today, Bowe has seen four birthdays pass since he was taken captive on 30 June 2009. We wonder if Bowe knows that he turns twenty-seven today.  We pray that next year that question won’t even need to be asked.  It is our greatest hope that in 2014 he will be able to celebrate his birthday, celebrate his life, with his loving family in that small town in Idaho.

What people are doing

Bowe’s supporters have made extra time today to tell others Bowe’s story.  Many have distributed flyers and brochures to tell people about his plight.  We have a free downloadable brochure that you can get HERE to use to spread the word about Bowe.  Facebook users and twitter users are sharing posts about Bowe via social media.  We have posts that you can share from our FACEBOOK PAGE “Waiting and Advocating for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, US Army – POW”.  Also, please take a minute to SIGN Bowe’s Guestbook.

Interviews

Dayle Ohlau of Idaho’s KECH-fm 95.3 interviewed Bowe’s parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl, today. In an in-depth session she finds out more about how the Bergdahls are able to manage through and cope with the crisis of their son being held as a prisoner of war. Also discussed is how Bob Bergdahl is studying the culture in which Bowe finds himself in order to help to bring his son home. Separately there is also a short segment that features Bowe’s family wishing him a happy birthday.

FOLLOW HERE to listen to the in-depth interview with Bowe’s parents. 

FOLLOW HERE to listen as Bowe’s family sends him birthday greetings today.

From us to Bowe

We will end our post today by saying “Happy Birthday Bowe!  We are standing strong for you until you come home.  God willing, may you celebrate your day next year in Idaho surrounded by those who love you.”

photo courtesy of JR - Anacortes, WA

photo courtesy of JR – Anacortes, WA

Will You Sign the Online Petition for SGT Bowe Bergdahl?

Bowe Supporter Tommy Straight has started an online petition for SGT Bowe Bergdahl. The petition is designed to meet two goals. First, to raise awareness about Sergeant Bergdahl’s plight.  Second, and most important, to send the message to Washington D.C. that many Americans believe that it’s well past time to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home.  The petition is titled “President Obama: find and free SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL P.O.W. SINCE JUNE 30 2009 AFGHANISTAN”.  (Of course, the petition’s title might need to be altered slightly in November depending on the outcome of the national elections.)

The short-term goal for the petition is to get as many signatures as possible by September 21, 2012, which is National POW*MIA recognition day. The long-term goal is to reach at least 100,000 signatures.

You will find links to the petition, as well as a downloadable flyer and a brief tutorial on what to do when signing the petition, by following HERE.  There is also a Facebook page called “SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s Online Petition at change.org” that you can join to keep posted on the progress of the petition.

Please show your support for Sergeant Bergdahl by signing this petition and sharing it with others.  Please use it as an opportunity to speak out for him as he cannot speak for himself.

BOWE TUESDAY 159: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl now held captive for 1113 days.

Today is BOWE TUESDAY 159. SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held as a prisoner of war for 1113 days.

The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives will be in session for another two weeks before they go on break. This would be a very good week to leave a phone message for your Senators and Representative. The U.S. Capitol Switchboard can be reached by calling (202)224-3121. When you call, give them your Senators’ names or Representative’s name and tell them that you wish to be connected to their office. Be sure you jot down what you want to say beforehand so that you can get in everything you want tell them. Keep it brief. Be sure to let them know that you are counting on them to do everything in their power to see that Bowe’s release is obtained. Tell them that you want to be able to depend on them to support any effort brought before them to rescue him from his captors. Follow HERE to confirm who your Members of Congress are. If you use this link, you will be able to find the direct lines to your Members of Congress. The main switchboard will get you there also, they just have to connect you.

Please help to raise awareness about Bowe’s captivity by changing your Facebook profile picture today to one that brings attention to Bowe. Please make a special post asking your friends to also make a call to their Members on Congress. And PLEASE share this post. And when you share on Facebook, you’d be amazed at how many shares happen just because you shared on your timeline.  And if you actually state on your post PLEASE SHARE, you’ll dramatically boost the chances of having someone else share your post. We all need to get Bowe’s name in front of as many people as possible.  Follow HERE for our BOWE TUESDAY post on Facebook.

We continue to ask Twitter users to send out some tweets during the day to tell others about Bowe using hash tags  #Bergdahl #bowetuesday #supportbowe #POW.  You can top by Twitter and retweet some of ours: https://twitter.com/WaitingForBowe OR https://twitter.com/POWMIAvoice

If you’re new to BOWE TUESDAY, follow HERE for a little info that you might find interesting:

If you are interested in helping to get Bowe’s name out on Twitter, please follow this HERE for more information.