When Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, disappeared from his base in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, his family was left to wonder if they would ever see him again. All they knew was that he was believed to be held in Pakistan and is considered a prisoner of war. For the past four years, his captivity has been "marked by only sporadic releases of videos and information about his whereabouts," according to the Associated Press.
During that time, his family has had to live every day not knowing anything about the well-being of Bowe. So devastating ... heart-wrenching, to say the least. But a recent turn of events has given the Bergdahls hope. The sergeant's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, say they've received a letter from their son.
The couple has released a statement noting that the letter was delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross. It reassures them that their son is doing as well as can be expected, under the circumstances. While they didn't release the letter or detail its contents, the Bergdahls did thank the Red Cross for its help and support and noted:
We hope Bowe's captors will again consider his parents' plea to release him, but in the meantime, we ask that you please continue to keep him in good health and allow him to keep corresponding with us.
Wow. I can't believe what Sgt. Bergdahl and his family have been through and how the situation continues to drag on. Of course the letter sounds like a wonderful reassurance, I'm sure, but having no choice but to have to hold on and wait for the next correspondence, news, or additional information has to be incredibly difficult.
Time magazine reports that in early 2012, there were negotiations with the Taliban to try to bring him home by doing a prisoner swap, though they fell through. Then on Memorial Day weekend last year, President Obama called the family to reassure them that he and the U.S. military are doing everything in their power to secure his return. And with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, seemingly acting as a go-between for Bergdahl and his family in Idaho, hopefully, this letter is a sign that Bergdahl is closer than ever to finally coming home.
Here's more information on Sgt. Bergdahl from Time ...
What words of strength and hope would you like to pass onto the Bergdahls?