“They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.”
~ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
We often interact with Bowe Supporters who are from the U.K., Canada and Australia. It’s really great to know that Bowe has worldwide support. Like the United States, each of these countries has troops serving as members of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force.) Sometimes in Afghanistan service members from the U.S. work together with service members from the U.K.. Canada and Australia. With that in mind, we want to share a video with you. The soldiers singing together in the video are from the U.K. and the U.S.A. It’s called “Coming Home”. All of us who are supporters of SGT Bowe Bergdahl long for the day we can shout “He’s coming home!”
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.
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.
Today is not just a day, it’s not just another day, it’s another year. What words can one use to describe something that’s so hard to understand? It’s not as if those who support Bowe don’t get it, they do. It’s more like, how does one absorb and communicate the concept of being held as a prisoner by enemy forces for 4 years- for 1,461 days? And that’s just the concept we’re talking about. The experience part, well let’s just say that it’s pretty much impossible to absorb the incomprehensible. Can we even begin to imagine the daily uncertainty of not knowing if you’ll ever return home- feeling helpless, waiting for a miracle? It’s a situation which is overwhelming to even think about. And what about those who are waiting back at home? How do they cope? They do cope, yes they do. They cope because they know that there is something, somebody, bigger than life’s circumstances. This understanding is where the hope grows. It’s the hope, you know, the hope is why you’re able to cope.
All of us who have come together to work to bring Bowe home are doing something that changes us. We started out wanting to do something for, to give something to, Bowe and his family. And before we knew it, we realized that they were giving to us. They allowed us to be part of what certainly must be the most challenging experience of their lives. We get to see their steadfast faith; we are witness to the grace with which they live their lives. We get to see what it looks like to live with hope in the face of seemingly overwhelming circumstances.
As we move from the end of the fourth year of Bowe’s captivity and into the beginning of the fifth, let’s all take a special moment to lift Bowe and his family up in prayer. And we do know that not everyone prays so if you don’t, please envision in your mind a happy and healthy Bowe back home in Hailey. Let’s all hold onto the hope that Bowe will be reunited with his family before another year has passed.
So we’ll all pull together and continue the mission into year five. We’ll tell Bowe’s story and we’ll invite people to join us in our work. We’ll hold our elected officials accountable in all matters concerning Bowe. We’ll each do these things in our own unique way. That’s the beauty of a grassroots effort; we each get to bring to the table those things that we’re the best at. And then we draw these things together, united, so we can achieve something that none of us could ever do alone. Most of all, we don’t give up; surely duty isn’t something that any of us would shirk. We carry on because we know that the mission isn’t over until the last man comes home.
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands ~ Acts 12:7
There are many ways one can speak out for Bowe. One way is to lend strength to his petition by signing it and sharing it with others. Sign and share, it’s as simple as that. An online petition makes it all the easier for those who wish to participate; it’s just a click away. And one shouldn’t forget that there are many who would want to participate- they just need someone to tell them about the petition and where to find it. You can tell them, you can speak out for Bowe.
A group of Bowe Supporters, spearheaded by Ellen Parker, have come together to begin a new petition which, when completed, will be sent to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The text of the petition is as follows:
Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl Pow: Find, Rescue, Return
- Signature goal: 100,000
- Target: Senate Armed Forces Committee, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry
- Sponsored by: Ellen Parker
We the undersigned demand that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, CJCS General Martin Dempsey and CIA Director John Brennan take all measures necessary to locate Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, secure his freedom and bring him home to the USA.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured while deployed to Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. We fervently believe that after four (4) years of captivity it is time for the Obama Administration to take any and all measures to return Sgt. Bergdahl to his family & country. Sgt. Bergdhal is reportedly held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network. Reports state that negotiations fell apart in March of 2012. We believe that now is the time to make his release a priority. It is time to find him and bring him home by any means necessary.
Don’t let Sgt. Bergdhal be left behind. Our motto is “We leave no man behind”, yet we are drawing down our troops in Afghanistan and have not secured the release of Sgt. Bergdahl. Once our troops are home, it will be much more difficult to seure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl. Now is the time to act!
Let the President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, CJCS General Martin Dempsey and CIA Director John Brennan know it is time to find Sgt. Bergdhal and bring him home.
For more information please go to Free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (petition 2013-05-1)
You can track the petition on Facebook at SGT Bowe Bergdahl POW: Find, Rescue, Return Updates Page.
You can help to raise awareness about Bowe’s plight while you spread the word about the petition. There is a free, downloadable FLYER that will help you to share petition related info.
Please help to bring Bowe home by signing and sharing this petition; this is an important thing to do. Be one of the 100,000 signatures that will be sent to Washington D.C. along with the message “Bring SGT Bowe Bergdahl Home NOW!”
Father’s message to Bowe Bergdahl:
“Your country will not leave you on the battlefield”
Bring Back Bowe Rally in Hailey, Idaho on 22 June 2013.
Bob Bergdahl rides son Bowe’s motorcycle to honor him at the rally
The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last week to exchange him for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, spoke to about 2,000 people gathered in Hailey, his hometown, in a city park where he played as a toddler and little boy.
Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey’s Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to help organize the Bergdahl event.
“The more supporters we can get out here, the more people we can make aware that we have one American soldier – one American soldier from the Afghan and Iraq wars –that still has not come home and it’s time to bring him home,” says Thibedeau-Eddy. READ MORE and hear audio at Reuters
Four trees were planted in Hop Porter Park, one for each year since Bowe Bergdahl was captured. READ MORE at ktvb.com
An estimated 2,000 supporters rallied on Saturday in the Idaho hometown of prisoner-of-war Bowe Bergdahl.
The rally, the largest yet for the only known American prisoner of war tied to the Afghanistan war, marked the latest effort by residents of Hailey, a close-knit town of 7,000, to draw attention to Bergdahl’s plight and push for his release. READ MORE at NBC News