Yesterday, the Taliban released a video of captured Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. In light of the video's content, it's important to remember that any statements made by the young soldier were made under duress; under the constant threat of his life.
As Americans, we need to keep Bergdahl and his family in our thoughts and prayers throughout this ordeal until he returns safely.
AMVETS leaders continue to call on the departments on Defense and State to do everything in their power to find Bergdahl and ensure his safe return home.
Last year, AMVETS National Commander John C. Hapner condemned the release of a similar video, calling a the video a violation of international law, and asking Bergdahl's captors to offer the same level of dignified care American service members provide to captured enemy combatants.
Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009 from his forward operating base in the Paktika province of Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. Several videos have surfaced since his capture, including a message timed to coincide with Christmas.
To date, two soldiers remain missing in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Let us all take a moment to pray for the safe and honorable return of Bergdahl and Army Sgt. Ahmed Altaie, who is missing in Iraq.
(Image: Official Army photo of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl courtesy of Fort Richardson Public Affairs, released.)