By Gary P Jackson
I’m ashamed to admit I had never heard of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl until Karen Harrington brought his situation to our attention. Captured in 2009, Sgt. Begdahl has been a prisoner of war for 3 long years. From what I understand, Bowe is being used as a bargaining chip by the Taliban. They are also using him for propaganda and recruiting purposes, in clear violation of international law.
There is a group that is trying to raise awareness of Bowe’s situation. They have a world awareness day planned for June 30, the anniversary of his capture:
The Bring Bowe Home WOD exists to spread awareness for Sergeant Bowe Robert Bergdahl,United States Army (dob 28 March 1986) of Hailey, Idaho. Sergeant Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan on 30 June 2009 by a Taliban allied Afghan insurgent group called the Haqqani Network.
Three years later, Sergeant Bergdahl remains a prisoner of war in Afghanistan while the Taliban attempts to barter with America for his life in an effort to further its militant agenda. Bowe needs your voice, help spread his story, help bring our prisoner of war home.
The purpose of the Bring Bowe Home WOD is to bring the community together through fitness while sharing Bowe’s story and raising money. All donations will be used to voice Bowe’s story on billboards. The Bring Bowe Home WOD will take place at locations across the United States and the world on Saturday, June 30, 2012.
Here’s a short video about Bowe:
This man exemplifies the American spirit. He doesn’t deserve to be rotting away in some hellhole while terrorists use him as a pawn in their game.
Here’s what you can do to help:
First, check out the Bring Bowe Home WOD website. To learn more about this young man. Then get on the phone and call your Senators and Congressmen. Let them know it is unacceptable for a brave American soldier to be held as a prisoner of war for three years.
You can also use the social media, Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, to get the word out. There are many things you can do to help get the message out and help make something happen. This is one cause that is well worth the time and effort.
We need to bring this brave young man home ASAP.