Bowe Bergdahl, a 25-year-old Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was taken prisoner June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan.
His parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, released a statement through Hailey Mayor Rick Davis expressing gratitude for the community’s support and their hopes for an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.
They said they’ve been helped by POWs from the Vietnam War, including U.S. Navy pilots Render Crayton and Gerald Coffee, who advised them early in their son’s ordeal to steel themselves for a lengthy wait.
“These two men, who know exactly what Bowe is going through, told us to have a long-term plan,” Bob and Jani Bergdahl wrote. “During the summer of 2009, our family started pacing ourselves for the long haul, just like we believe Bowe has been doing.”
Source: John Miller for the Associated Press.