Letter February 5, 2014: SGT Bowe Bergdahl, POW

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SGT Bowe Bergdahl, POW

Dear Editor,

A young American — SGT Bowe Bergdahl — has been held prisoner of war by the Taliban in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009. A recent video released by the Taliban shows SGT Bergdahl to be in declining health. The United States government and our allies the Afghan regime must assign a top priority to release SGT Bowe Bergdahl from enemy captivity.

The Global Security Newsletter has reported the Afghan government, through its Afghan Review Board, has evaluated the cases of 88 Taliban fighters being held at an Afghan supervised detention facility on the U.S.-run Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.

The Afghan Review Board has determined that 37 of the 88 inmates are innocent, despite being connected to attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces, and the 37 Taliban can be released soon.

No Taliban fighters should be released until SGT Bowe Bergdahl is also released and returned home to his family. Wouldn’t a prisoner exchange make sense for all parties concerned?

The American Legion encourages all citizens to contact or write their federal legislators to express their concern that SGT Bowe Bergdahl be released as soon as possible. For more information go to www.supportbowe.org.

Greg Bennett

POW-MIA chairman

Andrews American Legion Post 69

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