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Welcome home to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

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It has been nearly five years since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing from an Army post in southern Afghanistan. From June 30, 2009, until May 31, 2014, he was held in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He had been taken captive by Taliban insurgents. During his time as a prisoner of war, various videos were released, showing that he was still alive. It was obvious, though, that his health was declining. This is the reason given by the United States government for negotiating with the Taliban forces to release five detainees in trade for Bergdahl's release.

News reports, such as http://www.kmbc.com/national/Fellow-soldiers-call-Bergdahl-a-deserter/26280258#!Tv5xY, raise many questions. Why was Bergdahl off post, in a position to be captured? Was he actually looking to leave the U.S. forces and join the other side? How was he treated during his time as a prisoner of war? Why did the United States negotiate with terrorists for his return? Does this set a precedent that could be a cause of concern? Is there worry over the five detainees that were released? Each of these questions is reasonable, and the public should be given proper answers. Those answers will not be found here, though.

Expression of sympathy and sorrow, along with prayers, go out to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2009. It is with great sadness that their lives had to be lost.

In regard to Sgt. Bergdahl, it is with great jubilation that his release has been announced. Finally, after almost five years in captivity, as a prisoner of war, the United States prepares to welcome home one of its own. It will take awhile before Bergdahl actually gets to return home to Idaho, but the process has begun. He will have to go through a reintegration process, along with restoring his health.

Psalms 27: 11-14 says, "Lord, show me your way; lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not abandon me to the will of my foes; malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me. But I believe I shall enjoy the Lord's goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!" (The New American Bible, 1994, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). Bergdahl was taken and held by the foe. His parents, other family members, and friends have waited a long time for his release. Praise the Lord with great rejoicing and thanksgiving for the release of an American soldier held in captivity for nearly five years. Through the grace of God, he will return home.

Prayers are said daily for our military and their families. May God bless them and keep them safe, and may God bless America.

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